Why Am I Experiencing Jaw Pain?

Find out what could be making your jaws sore and achy.jaw pain

Do you find yourself rubbing your painful jaws more often than not? Do your jaws often get tired and feel overworked rather quickly? If so, you may be wondering what’s going on. Our Henderson, NV dentists Dr. Brad Wilbur and Dr. Emily Ishkanian at Green Valley Dental Center are here to tell you what it could be.

If you have jaw pain that makes it challenging to eat certain foods or to speak without issues this can be rather disconcerting. Sure, there are several things that could be to blame but one of the most common reasons people experience jaw pain is a TMJ disorder. TMD, which stands for temporomandibular joint disorder, is a disorder that affects how the jaw joints function. It may affect one side or both sides. Since this joint is responsible for all jaw movements, if the joint is dysfunctional this can lead to serious jaw problems.

If you have TMD, along with pain you may also experience:

  • Jaw stiffness
  • Tired, overworked and achy jaws
  • Jaws that pop or click when opening or closing your mouth
  • Facial pain and swelling

There are many reasons TMD may manifest, from jaw injuries and certain types of arthritis to bad habits such as teeth grinding; fortunately, our Henderson, NV, general dentist can easily help provide you with simple ways to treat your symptoms.

How is TMD treated?

Most people with TMD are relieved to find out that this condition will often just go away on its own. Of course, our goal is to help you manage symptoms in the meantime. Here are some simple treatment options:

  • Find outlets for reducing stress to prevent stress-related habits like teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Consider wearing a mouth guard at night while you sleep to prevent nighttime teeth grinding
  • Massage the achy jaw joints everyday
  • Perform certain jaw exercises each day to strengthen and stretch the muscles and joints in the face

Of course, if pain is still bothering you and nothing seems to quell your symptoms then it’s time to talk to your dentist at Green Valley Dental Center about other more aggressive options.

Don’t let jaw pain affect your daily life when there are many options out there for treating the issue and getting your symptoms under control. Call Green Valley Dental Center today. We are proud to provide quality dental services throughout Henderson, NV.