Oral pain can interfere with your plans, your work, and your well-being. For these reasons, we offer treatments to combat the most common causes of oral discomfort, including jaw pain.
Reasons You May Have Jaw Pain
Jaw aches can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth)
Your dentist in Jensen Beach, FL has a lot of experience treating these conditions and can evaluate you for the telltale signs.
TMJ Near Stuart, FL
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. When this joint is not working properly, we refer to it as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) or TMJ. With this condition, you may notice a popping sound in the jaw when yawning or chewing.
Additional symptoms may include:
- Jaw pain
- Tooth pain
- Ear pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
TMD may be caused by an anatomical abnormality, injury, or bruxism.
Bruxism can be caused by stress or anxiety. In some cases, the cause is not known. Unfortunately, many people do not realize they have bruxism because grinding and clenching happens during sleep.
Symptoms may be similar to TMJ, but over time bruxism wears down your teeth, leading to cavities, fractures, and even tooth loss.
Bruxism and TMJ Treatment in Jensen Beach, FL
Your dentist in Jensen Beach will evaluate your situation, which may include x-rays. Typically, we create a custom nightguard or mouthguard to prevent grinding and clenching and ease TMJ symptoms.
In many cases, preventing bruxism takes care of TMJ. Your dentist will monitor your situation closely and provide advice and referrals if necessary. However, we have helped many patients overcome jaw pain right here in our dental office.
You Don’t Have to Live with Jaw Pain
For more information, or to schedule a consultation for TMJ or bruxism, reach out to a friendly team member today.
We serve patients in all locations, including Jensen Beach and Stuart.