Do your jaws ever throb with pain? If so, it’s time to consider visiting your dentist, Dr. Michael Woody, so you can receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Jaw pain is a serious dental issue many people overlook. It can result from many causes, including the TMJ disorder, teeth-grinding habits, periodontal disease, arthritis, injury, infection, toothaches, and sinus problems. If you have one or more of the following symptoms, it’s best to seek treatment as soon as possible:
- Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, shoulders, and neck
- Stuck or locked jaw
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joints when you chew
- Facial tiredness
- An uncomfortable bite
- Facial swelling
- Toothaches, neck aches, earaches, and headaches
- Shoulder pain
- Ringing in the ears
There are many treatments that can help with your jaw joint problem. Some treatments include using a mouthguard, muscle relaxants, and medication. Other treatments include meditation, root canal therapy, TMJ treatment, and periodontal treatment. TMJ/TMD treatment may include jaw and facial relaxation exercises, lifestyle changes, restorative dental treatments, a mouth guard or night guard, or jaw surgery.
If you would like to know more about your jaw pain in Carthage, Missouri, or if you’ve finally decided to meet with the dentist, call our office today at 417-358-2233 and talk to a member of our caring dental team. We are here to help you and we are happy to meet with you, discover the root of the problem, and then suggest the best treatment that will help you live a healthy and comfortable life once again. We look forward to working with you!