Don’t let sore, achy jaws be the norm. Find out what’s going on and what you can do to treat it.
You know that the minute you bite down into that big juicy hamburger that your jaws are going to protest; however, you really just want to enjoy that meal. If you are someone who deals with jaw pain rather regularly then you may be wondering what’s really going on. Our Long Beach, CA, dentist Dr. Joseph DuRoss can help you determine if TMJ disorder is causing your discomfort.
What is TMJ disorder?
Every time you open your mouth to speak or to chew, the jaw joints (also known as the temporomandibular joints), which connect your jaws to your skull, do all the work. Of course, if one or both of the jaw joints doesn’t function properly then you may be dealing with TMJ disorder.
What are the symptoms of TMJ disorder?
One of the telltale signs that you are dealing with TMJ disorder is jaw pain. The jaws may feel tender or sore. You may feel a pain around one or both of the joints. The pain may even radiate all the way to the ears. As a result of this pain (and sometimes swelling) you may have difficulty chewing, particularly foods in which you have to open your mouth wide.
Sometimes you may feel as if the jaw joint has locked up on you, which can make it difficult to open your mouth. When you do open your mouth you may hear a popping or clicking sound.
What else could be causing my jaw pain?
It’s important to keep in mind that while TMJ disorder is often the most common cause of jaw pain, it doesn’t mean that it’s the only reason. This is why it’s important that you visit our Long Beach, CA, general dentist if you are experiencing jaw pain or other symptoms. Sometimes this problem arises from bad habits such as teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis then this could also cause jaw joint problems. An abscessed tooth and even gum disease can manifest into jaw pain. In order to treat the issue properly we will need to figure out the source of your symptoms.
If jaw pain is becoming a regular issue for you and you haven’t been able to get your symptoms under control then it’s time you called our Long Beach, CA, dental office to find out what’s going on. Call our office today.