Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

What Causes Jaw Pain?

August 9, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Kifer
What Causes Jaw Pain | Fayetteville AR Dentist

When patients come to us with jaw pain, we start by performing a complete examination of your jaw joints, muscles, teeth, bite, and gums. All of these areas can provide clues as to why you might experience jaw pain. Sometimes patients come to us knowing they clench and grind their teeth, while other times, their symptoms have no immediate explanation.

At our Fayetteville dental office, we take a comprehensive approach to dentistry. We understand that a number of factors can cause jaw pain and that each patient is completely different in their needs and their medical history.

Problems of the jaw extend beyond TMJD (temporomandibular joint disorder) and can include your muscles, bite, and lifestyle habits. Did you know that if your teeth do not come together correctly, you could have jaw pain and tooth sensitivity? Some other common symptoms related to your jaw are:

  • Clicking
  • Locking
  • Popping
  • Grinding
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Worn and cracked teeth
  • Fatigue
  • Facial Pain

Any of the above symptoms can indicate a problem, especially if they persist. We encourage you to get in touch with our office because we can help to relieve many of these symptoms with non-invasive treatments. Reducing your symptoms can make you feel more rested, comfortable, and improve your quality of life.

A comprehensive exam will allow us to examine your teeth, gums, bite, and jaw joints in order to make an accurate diagnosis and determine a course of treatment that is right for you. Treatments can include behavior modification such as avoiding caffeine and alcohol (which increases teeth grinding), splint therapy, occlusal equilibration (adjustments to how your teeth come together), medication, or orthodontics.

Failure to treat conditions related to your jaw may result in cracked teeth, worn teeth, sensitivity, locking - the inability to open or close your mouth, and considerable deterioration of your jaw joints. Don’t delay – we can help!

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