What Your Jaw Pain Could Be Revealing About Your Dental Health

Persistent headaches are annoying. That’s not news to you, right?

The same is true of jaw and neck pain. And equally troubling can be the popping sound that occurs when you open or close your mouth.

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is often the source of the chronic pain you feel in your head, neck, and jaw. The “pop” you occasionally hear is another revealing symptom that treatment can solve.

Symptoms and causes

It’s common for TMJ disorder to be caused by misalignment in your jaw region. This qualifies it as a dental condition that’s due more specifically to a misaligned bite (malocclusion) or teeth grinding (bruxism).

Your jaw joints, facial muscles and nerves, and the tissue throughout your head, face, and neck are affected. You can also experience heightened pain when you experience stress and react by biting or clenching your jaw.

Solutions that bring relief and correct the cause

TMJ is treatable. It’s vital to determine the source of your specific issues related to it.

Again, you might have misaligned teeth or you could be clenching or grinding your teeth during sleep. Either condition will cause muscle pain throughout your head and neck region.

Treating the causes will eliminate your pain such as headaches. TMJ treatment can also improve your overall health and help eliminate other risks to your teeth and gums.

Orthodontic treatment is a solution that properly aligns your teeth and your bite. Gradually shifting your teeth and jaw into proper alignment will improve your tooth and gum health plus reduce or eliminate your jaw pain.

A mouth guard can be custom-designed and fitted to your bite as well. This dental appliance helps prevent the impact that teeth grinding can have on your teeth, gum tissue, and jaw muscles.

It’s essential to have a thorough dental examination to determine the extent of your TMJ issue. Your exam also gives us insight into any damage that’s caused by misalignment or teeth grinding.

Contact our Knoxville dental office about your jaw, head, or neck pain. Schedule a dental examination to diagnose the cause and determine if TMJ treatment is an appropriate solution.

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