Unlike a toothache, chronic jaw pain doesn’t always have an obvious reason behind it. It can also come in a variety of forms, such as a popping or clicking jaw joints or radiating pain in your jaw and facial muscles. However, even though the cause of jaw pain may be difficult to guess, your dentist can pinpoint it accurately with a thorough examination of your teeth, jaws, oral structures, and bite posture. In many cases, the underlying condition is TMJ disorder – a jaw dysfunction that affects your jaw joints and can often be treated with a custom-designed appliance.
What TMJ Disorder Means
TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, allow your lower your jaw to move as needed when you bite, chew, and speak. When one or both of these joints are damaged, inflamed, or misaligned, the dysfunction can lead to a host of different types of pains. For instance, in addition to jaw pain, you might also experience persistent ear pain, headaches, and migraines, as well as difficulty biting and chewing comfortably.
Treating the Source of Jaw Pain
TMJ disorder often results from excessive stress on your jaw’s joints and muscles, so in many cases, treating the disorder means alleviating that stress. For many patients, that can be accomplished with a customized, digitally designed oral appliance. The appliance helps support your jaw while you sleep, which can alleviate pressure from a bite imbalance, nighttime bruxism, and other common sources.
Accurate Diagnoses and Treatments for TMJ Disorder
If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, then a professional TMJ diagnosis and customized treatment could be the only way to find lasing relief. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849. We proudly welcome patients and families from Katy, Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, Cypress, Sealy, Columbus, and all surrounding communities.