Jaw pain is a common condition for many people. It can be temporary and mild or severe and endless. When the pain is extreme, it can interfere with your quality of life and cause discomfort when you eat or speak.
The cause of jaw pain can be hard to pinpoint, but your dentist can help. He or she can be a valuable partner in helping you find the cause of the pain and to treat it.
Possible causes include:
Your dentist may see the first signs of trouble during a routine dental exam. If your jaw pain is from grinding your teeth, for example, your dentists will notice the wear and tear on your teeth. Your dentist can make a mouth guard for you to wear that will protect your teeth from further damage.
If your jaw pain is caused by TMJ, your dentist can make a splint to help reduce the strain on your jawbone and the muscles around it.
A splint or mouth guard may be used with ice packs or heat therapy, medication, exercises, or other therapies your dentist recommends.
While over-the-counter options are available, they offer limited help. A custom-made mouth guard or splint will be more effective in lining up your jaws naturally and reducing the strain on them.
When you consider the cost of potential damage to your teeth or jaws, the cost of a splint or mouth guard is a good long-term investment in your health and wallet.
There are many possible causes of jaw pain, and when you’re dealing with more than one issue, it can be complicated. Work with your dentist to develop a personalized treatment plan to help relieve your pain and give you peace of mind.