If you or a loved one have jaw pain on a regular basis but aren’t sure what’s causing it, then we want to focus today’s blog article on you! Dr. Brooks and everyone here at Anderson Dental Care will give you some clues as to what might be going on and how it can be fixed. We’ll talk about two causes of jaw pain, problems that can result from these causes – like cracked teeth – and help you see that you don’t have to put up the pain any more.
We see many patients who have jaw pain frequently combined with other issues. Think about whether any of the following apply to you:
So, how do all these symptoms relate to jaw pain? What could be causing your pain and all these other things? The truth is, there are a lot of unknowns when it comes to pinpointing a specific cause, but doctors typically use these symptoms to diagnose TMJ dysfunction and/or bruxism. TMJ dysfunction, or TMD, is a problem with your temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your jaw to your skull and helps you move your jaw for eating and so on. That joint is known as your TMJ, which a lot of people actually think is the name of the condition.
The following are major contributing factors for TMJ dysfunction:
It’s unsure why, but women, especially those in their 20s-40s, are more prone to these conditions, according to Mayo Clinic.
Aside from all those symptoms that can go along with TMD or bruxism, you might have noticed some dental problems that your bruxism has caused:
Jaw pain isn’t all it’s cracked up to be! And in fact, it can even crack your teeth! Don’t let this happen! Stick around for our next blog article to find out solutions for your jaw pain, and contact us for an appointment in the meantime if you want your pain to go away.