Mouth and jaw pain can be a truly unfortunate experience, especially if it becomes a daily occurrence. Luckily, your Bedford, MA, dentist can help you understand your jaw pain and find the best treatment plan for you. Find out more about mouth and jaw pain with Great Meadows Dental Group.
What causes mouth and jaw pain?
One of the main causes of jaw pain is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. This condition affects the TMJ itself. The joints lie on either side of your jaw and control its movements, making the TMJ crucial in speaking, chewing and eating. TMJ disorder happens when the joints become damaged or inflamed, causing functionality issues, swelling, and discomfort. If left untreated, TMJ disorder could result in severe headaches, neck pain and jaw tension.
Am I suffering from TMJ disorder?
The symptoms of mouth pain are not always as obvious as they would seem, but here are a few signs that may indicate you are suffering from mouth pain:
- clicking or popping when the mouth opens or closes
- pain and tenderness in the jaw and facial area
- aching pain around one or both ears
- locking of the joint, either opened or closed
- difficulty chewing
TMJ Disorder Treatment in Bedford, MA
Treatment for TMJ disorder will depend on the severity of the condition. Most dentists begin treatment conservatively with special stretches or exercises to help strengthen and relax the muscles and joints to relieve the pressure on them. Over-the-counter medication or ice packs can help relieve pain and swelling. If your TMJ disorder stems from stress and clenching the jaw, lowering your stress level can help relieve your symptoms. In some cases, dental splints can help align the jaw and reduce symptoms. In severe cases, your dentist may recommend surgery. Your dentist at Great Meadows Dental Group can help you determine the best course of treatment for your disorder and symptoms.
For more information on mouth pain and TMJ disorder, please contact Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Leo Kharin and Dr. Jessica Ristuccia at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA. Call (781) 275-7707 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!