Why Does My Jaw Hurt?
Jaw pain changes every part of your life. While something like a twinge in your jaw might seem insignificant, it actually leads to ongoing stress, frustration, irritation, and poor oral function. But you don't have to just put up with this discomfort. Learning more about jaw disorders will give you a clue as to how you should proceed.
If you're ever experiencing chronic pain, get in touch with our office. We'll help diagnose the problem, and find the path forward that best suits you.
What's A Jaw Disorder?
Your upper and lower jaws are attached to one another with your TMJ (temporomandibular) joint on each side of your head. This joint allows the impressive range of motion that your lower jaw is able to perform, from side to side to front and back to circular. Unfortunately, this joint is delicate, and repetitive forces and motions can throw it off.
If a problem like chronic teeth grinding, clenching, or other excessive force on the jaw continues long-term, you may experience a jaw disorder. At this point, you can't recover from the problem without seeking out treatment to stop the harmful movements and heal your TMJ.
Signs of TMJ Problems
Your jaw pain might signify a TMJ disorder, or it may be more temporary. If it's been going on for some time, then it's a good idea to schedule an appointment. This will tell you more about the problem, and help you move past it.
How do you know that your pain = TMJ trouble? These symptoms are ones that should tip you off:
- Exhausted-feeling jaw that you struggle to move
- Facial or tooth pain after waking up
- Soreness in your ears, or in front of your ears on the sides of your face
- Clicking or popping sounds when you open your mouth
- Facial swelling
- Jaws not fitting together properly