Jaw pain, or Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ), can lead to headaches, earaches, and additional discomfort. Although direct injury to the joint is a common cause of jaw pain, Larry A. Johnson, DDS, and his team know several other factors that might be to blame. Their knowledge comes from years of experience providing people in Danielson, CT, and the surrounding areas with a broad range of effective cosmetic and advanced dentistry procedures.
Below, the staff at Connecticut’s premier dental clinic shares three common causes for TMJ, as well as what you can do to alleviate the pain:
- Chewing Gum: Although chewing gum on occasion is harmless, excessive chewing places undue stress on the temporomandibular joint connecting the skull to the jaw. If the jaw is misaligned, your chewing habit could cause further damage and exacerbate the symptoms of TMJ. To alleviate the stress on your chewing muscles, use alternative products like throat lozenges or breath mints.
- Grinding Teeth: The shooting pain in your jaw is caused by muscle spasms in the jaw, neck, or head. Grinding and clenching your teeth, even while you sleep, can overwork muscles in the area and trigger spasms. If you continue to grind your teeth, the spasms will become more frequent and painful. Wearing a mouthguard at night will help you gradually quit the habit.
- Arthritis: Arthritis can cause aches and pains in joints throughout the body, including the one in your jaw. Beyond pain, inflammation of the temporomandibular joint can also hinder muscle movement. Your dentist will suggest exercises to relieve pain and strengthen these muscles.
If you suffer from TMJ, Dr. Johnson and his trained team are standing by to help. To schedule an appointment in Danielson, call (860) 779-0374 today. Visit the local dentist online to discover the many ways he will alleviate your discomfort and improve your oral health.