What Causes Jaw Pain?

Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMD) is a common cause for jaw pain. The temporomandibular joints are the hinges on both sides of your jaw that control jaw movement. Jaw pain can be caused by several different factors, including jaw injury, issues with discs in the jaw, nerve injury, or over stimulation of the jaw joint muscle, parafunctional habit or stress.

Depending on the severity of your jaw pain, you could be experiencing several different symptoms, like stiffness of the jaw, clicking or popping of the jaw, sharp pain when chewing, fatigued muscle or facial pain. Before the symptoms get worse, it’s best to seek professional help for a recommended solution.

Jaw Pain Relief

There is no cure of TMD however, there are several different tools to manage jaw pain. Depending on the diagnosis, following therapy may help:

  • Splint Therapy (MAGO: Maxillary Anterior Guided Orthotic): stabilize jaw joint position and help muscles to relax
  • Physcial Therapy
  • Pharmacological approach: Muscle relaxants, Botox, etc.
  • Meditation/ Relaxation
  • Surgical Intervention

If you are experiencing any symptoms of jaw pain, contact the experts at Metro West Orthodontics & Periodontics. Our team is passionate about helping patients improve oral health. We can provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan to manage your jaw pain, and you will feel confident knowing that you have amazing oral health partners on your side.

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