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By Great Meadows Dental Group
November 18, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tmj   jaw pain  

Mouth and jaw pain can be a truly unfortunate experience, especially if it becomes a daily occurrence. Luckily, your Bedford, MA, dentist tmjcan 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
  • headaches
  • 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!

By Great Meadows Dental Group
July 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tmj   jaw pain  

Wondering why your jaw hurts? Dr. Nicholas Papapetros, Dr. Leo Kharin and Dr. Jessica Ristuccia, your Bedford, MA dentists at Great jaw painMeadows Dental Group, share information about several possible causes of jaw pain, including TMJ.

Grinding and Clenching

When you grind and clench your teeth all night long, you may wake up with a stiff, aching jaw. You might not be aware that you grind or clench until you crack a tooth, or your dentist points out tooth enamel erosion. Wearing a custom-made nightguard can stop the problem and end your jaw pain.


Jaw pain can occur if you have a bacterial infection in or around your tooth. Call your Bedford dentist as soon as possible if pain is accompanied by a fever, facial swelling or swollen lymph nodes. These symptoms are common if you have an abscess. If the infection isn't treated with antibiotics, it can spread throughout your body.

Antibiotics are also used to treat osteomyelitis, an infection that can affect the bone in your jaw joint. Prompt treatment of the infection can prevent death of the bone.


Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a common cause of jaw pain. It can cause:

  • Pain in the jaw that may extend to the neck or face
  • Stiffness in the jaw
  • Pain in your temples and ears
  • Pain when biting, chewing or yawning
  • Clicking sounds when you open or close your mouth
  • Teeth that don't fit together properly any longer
  • Locking of your jaw

TMJ can develop if you've injured your jaw or have a bite problem or arthritis. In some cases, you and your dentist won't be able to identify a cause. Home treatment, such as ice, heat and over-the-counter pain medication, can be helpful. If your pain persists, your dentist can prescribe stronger pain medications or muscle relaxants, or inject cortisone into your jaw joint to reduce the pain. Custom-made bite guards, worn while you sleep, reduce pressure on your jaw joints and relieve your symptoms. TMJ caused by bite issues can be improved by wearing braces to correct the misalignment.

Your dentist can provide treatments to relieve jaw pain caused by TMJ and other conditions. Call Dr. Papapetros, Dr. Kharin and Dr.Ristuccia, your Bedford, MA dentists at Great Meadows Dental Group in Bedford, MA, at (781) 275-7707 to schedule an appointment.