Sometimes a facial pain leaves you clueless. After spending some sleepless nights, you are perhaps able to pin point that the pain is originating from your jaws. A jaw pain is commonly referred by dentists as a TMJ or a Temporomandibular Joint pain. It could get from bad to worse if you simply try to resolve them by pain relievers! You would definitely require seeing your dentist, as the root cause of your jaw pain needs to be detected. Jaw pain is usually described as a throbbing, uncomfortable pain which can happen all of a sudden. Generally, the pain starts off mild but becomes more intense over time.
Since the best way to resolve a jaw pain is dealing with its underlying cause, enlisting the probable reasons behind jaw pain is necessary. Let us have a glimpse of each one of them in this post.
This problem particularly, affects the temperomandibular joint. Not only does it cause pain that can go from mild to acute, but also makes a clicking sound while opening the mouth or chewing! A TMJ pain, if neglected, may cause problems like a locked jaw even.
Grinding in most cases is an involuntary action or an uncontrollable habit. The consequence is acute jaw pain in course of time. Now this habit too has a few underlying causes. Some people clench their teeth while they are stressed. Some do it unconsciously, while at sleep. Bruxism (teeth grinding) at night is usually treated with mouth guards. Stress relieving exercises and even sometimes anti depressants are prescribed in order to alleviate patients out of stress such that they are able to get rid of their teeth clenching habit.
Osteomyelitis is a disease that affects the bones. In fact it is an infection that travels through the body’s blood stream, finally affecting the individual’s bones and surrounding tissues. Therefore an individual suffering from osteomyelitis of the jaw, has his or her temporomandibular joint, impacted. This causes jaw pain, fever and even facial swelling. The condition is however generally curable with antibiotics. Sometimes a surgical procedure may also be required to remove the areas of the bone that have been damaged by the infection.
An Abscessed Tooth:
When a dental pulp is infected, it may lead to the formation of an abscessed tooth. Now, what leads to a dental pulp being affected? Usually, if a dental cavity is left untreated for an extended period, it might cause the infection to spread up to the pulp inside the tooth. In fact, the infection attacks the nerve inside your tooth first (as a cavity could expose the nerve). An abscessed tooth causes acute jaw pain. The best way to avoid this is proper cleaning of your teeth and also preferably getting your molars sealed, in order to avoid cavities!
Other general causes of jaw pain include some periodontal diseases, tooth decay or other oral issues. Although many of these do not affect the jaw directly, yet, the pain can radiate into your jaw area. Also, individuals who have gaps in between their teeth may experience jaw pain when stress is put on their jaws, while biting or chewing.
From this article, it is quite apparent that a jaw pain can be well dealt with, if the underlying cause is checked. Medications do not play much of a role, but, in order to detect the cause, you would require the help of your dentist. Hence, while experiencing some kind of jaw pain, do not linger on with the scheduling of your appointment with your dentist. A TMJ therapy mostly relies on lifestyle changes. So, the earlier you start, the easier it becomes.