Understanding Jaw Pain - Causes and Treatments

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Understanding Jaw Pain - Causes and Treatments

Jaw pain is a fairly common problem that affects millions of people worldwide. It can even affect the ability to eat or speak.

Jaw pain is a fairly common problem that affects millions of people worldwide. The pain cause ranges from a slight nuisance to a debilitating condition, going from the sinuses and ears, all the way to the teeth and the jaw itself. It can even affect the ability to eat or speak. Medical professionals need to find the exact cause to provide the best treatment.

Causes

Jaw pain may not necessarily be the result of a direct hit. In fact, the most commonly reported cause is a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), affecting nearly 12% of the population. There are, of course, other causes of jaw pain.

Teeth grinding and clenching - Teeth grinding and clenching often happen during sleep and can cause both tooth damage and jaw pain. Opening the mouth too wide may also cause jaw pain.

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Teeth Grinding

Arthritis - Osteoarthritis and osteoarthrosis, both arthritic conditions, lead to the surface of the bone wearing away.

Dental problems - Cavities, gum disease, damaged teeth, tooth gaps, or abscesses are all in this category.

Sinus problems - Issues with the nasal cavities may also cause jaw pain.

Neuropathic pain - This sort of pain occurs when a nerve is damaged and continuously sends pain signals to the brain.

Vascular pain - This happens when the blood supply is cut to a part of the body.

Other causes may be neurovascular pains, stress, sleep disturbances, fatigue, rheumatoid arthritis, Lyme disease, migraines, hypothyroidism, lupus, fibromyalgia, or multiple sclerosis.

Treatments

After the dentist has conducted proper tests and diagnosed the base cause of the jaw pain, adequate treatment will follow. There is a surprising number of alternatives when it comes to treatment, and all differ based on the cause and severity of the pain.

These are antibiotics, surgery, mouth guards, physical therapy, pain medication, root canal treatment, tooth extraction, injections with local anesthetics, relaxation therapies, blood pressure medication, vapocoolant sprays, and many others.

Conclusion

If you are experiencing jaw pain, it is advisable to seek a trained professional to take a look and determine the best course of action. For more information, please feel free to contact Byronwood Dental Office at (519) 471-5110

We are located at 431 Boler Rd #8 London, Ontario

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