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Talking with Your Dentist About Your Jaw Pain

Posted on 1/27/2017 by Marilyn Pierce
A woman suffering from severe jaw pain.
Your jaw plays a crucial role in many of your daily activities. It allows you to eat and speak. When you experience jaw pain, these functions can be disrupted, and become difficult, if not impossible to do.

Jaw pain can be the result of any number of things, and some of those issues can be quite severe. For this reason, it is important that you talk with your dentist about any jaw pain you are experiencing.

Facial Trauma
One of the most obvious sources of jaw pain is an injury to the face. Injuries can result from a car accident, a fall, playing sports or getting in a fight. If you have suffered an injury, you may have suffered a jaw fracture or the joint may have become dislocated.

Teeth may have come loose. Usually after a head injury, it is recommended that you go to the emergency room and jaw issues can be determined then, but if you initially thought your facial injury wasn't that bad, you may skip that part, and jaw injuries may go undiagnosed.

Dental Abscess

Jaw pain can also be the caused by an abscess, either in the gum or the tooth. An abscess a pus-filled sac that develops in the gum or jawbone as the result of an infection. An abscess is a serious condition, and can lead to lost bone mass and the spread of infection throughout the rest of your body. Therefore, it is important to have this issue addressed right away - the abscess drained and antibiotics administered.

Temporomandibular Disorder

The temporomandibular joint is the point at which your upper and lower jaw meet. It allows you to open your mouth, move your jaw from side to side, and eat. Issues with the joint, known as temporomandibular disorder, can have several different causes, such as excessive force from clenching or grinding, inflammation or injury. The issue itself needs to be addressed, and therefore requires your dentist to help.

If you are suffering jaw pain, your whole life can be affected. Minor pain can often be solved with over the counter pain medication or other home remedies. If nothing seems to alleviate your pain, however, contact our office right away.

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