At Beveridge Dental in San Jose CA, we take jaw pain seriously. Persistent jaw pain could be an indication of a treatable condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder.
The temporomandibular joints are among the most complex in the human body. Usually shortened to “TMJ,” it consists of the muscles, tendons, and bones that connect the jaw to the skull.
The TMJ is a hinge joint that allows free movement so that we can move our jaw up, down, and sideways. That’s how we grind food between our teeth.
When TMJ disorder occurs it can be painful to bite or chew, or even to talk. In addition, you may notice:
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw
- Swelling on the sides of the face
- Ear pain
- Stiff or sore jaw muscles
Jaw pain may be one one or both sides of the jaw. It may be stem from injury, misaligned teeth, or over-clenching your jaw shut too hard. It may also seem to come out of nowhere.
What To Do?
If you suspect your jaw pain is TMJ disorder, you can find short-term relief using ice packs on the affected area. Over-the-counter pain relievers are also good. You can also choose softer foods, avoid gum, and massage the area that hurts.
For a long-term solution, consider a professional diagnosis and TMJ/TMD treatment, like what we provide at Beveridge Dental in San Jose CA. We have treated patients throughout South San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell, and Morgan Hill, who also come to us for dental implants and complete family dentistry. Request an appointment today!
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