Our staff sees many patients who complain of jaw pain. Some attempt to ignore it with hopes that it will go away without any intervention. Unfortunately, this is not often the case.
Because our office that specializes in emergency dentistry, we have the expertise and equipment to diagnose and treat your jaw pain correctly. The jaw is a complex entity, and there are several potential causes of jaw pain.
• Broken or cracked teeth often lead to jaw pain. This is especially true if the damage is due to a traumatic injury. After assessing the extent of the damage, our dentist may recommend a crown or cap to support and strengthen the tooth. If the damage exposes the root or the nerve, you are likely to need a root canal to remove the damaged tissue and save the tooth from decay or extraction.
• Decayed teeth can cause severe jaw pain, especially if the problematic tooth is near the jaw. Our dentist can quickly relieve your jaw pain by removing the decaying tissue and filling the tooth.
• An abscessed tooth is frequently the cause of jaw pain. An abscess is an infection which has evolved into a pocket of infected pus located either in the center or at the root of a tooth. Because the infected tissue sits so close to both blood vessels and bone, there is a high probability that your jaw bone can become infected or that blood vessels will spread the infection to other parts of the body. Often a root canal will take care of an abscess, but occasionally the disease is so extreme that the tooth needs to be removed to protect the other teeth and jaw bone.
• Teeth Grinding is also known as bruxism. It occurs during sleep, so it often is not noticed until you begin to feel pain in your jaw and your teeth. Our dentist can fit you for a dental appliance to prevent grinding and eliminate your jaw pain.
• Temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ disorder is a frequent cause of jaw pain. There can be more than one underlying cause of TMJ. Experts link it to several factors including stress, malformations of the joint, and bruxism. Our dentist has various treatment options to relieve pain caused by TMJ. As the treatments vary from patient to patient, contact our office to learn more.
While there are several meanings behind jaw pain, our staff can help you sort out the symptoms and find both the cause and the treatment to relieve your pain.