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By St. Charles Family Dentistry
October 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Don’t let jaw pain and stiffness become the norm for you.jaw pain

Does it often feel like your jaws tire easily? Do you hear a popping or clicking noise often when opening your mouth? Do you find that your jaws cause you pain and discomfort, particularly when first waking up in the morning? If so, then our St. Charles, IL, family dentists Dr. Edmund Lipskis, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, and Dr. Dana Lipskis have the answers you’ve been looking for.

What could be causing my jaw pain?

While there are certainly quite a few issues that could be to blame, in a lot of cases jaw pain is the result of a condition known as TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint and this joint is responsible for connecting the jaws to the skull. This joint is responsible for all jaw movements from speaking to chewing. Of course, if you are dealing with localized pain is this region then it could be due to a dysfunction with the TMJ.

What causes TMJ disorder?

It isn’t always possible to pinpoint the root cause of TMJ disorder; however, there are many factors that could put someone at risk for this problem. Common causes include bad habits such as teeth grinding and jaw clenching, a jaw misalignment, arthritis, anxiety/stress or an injury to the jaw.

How should I treat my TMJ disorder?

First and foremost, it’s important to determine whether your symptoms are truly due to a TMJ disorder or if there is something else going on. The cause of your symptoms will determine exactly what treatment options are right for you. In most cases, TMJ disorder will go away by itself. Of course, the best thing you can do is manage your symptoms in the meantime to reduce its impact on your daily life. Common conservative treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS)
  • Stretching and strengthening jaw exercises
  • Cutting food into easy, bite-sized pieces
  • Find outlets to reduce stress (e.g. meditation; yoga)

In more serious cases a dental splint may be recommended by our St. Charles, IL, dentists to improve the alignment of the jaws. With the proper care, most people will see these symptoms reduced.

Are you dealing with jaw pain in St. Charles, IL? If so, let St. Charles Family Dentistry get the bottom of your symptoms. Call our office today to schedule an evaluation.