Do you wake up with an aching jaw? Do you find it different to chew during the day? Is your ongoing discomfort making you feel irritable and exhausted? Stop putting up with pain you don’t deserve. Glen Burnie TMJ treatment will help return normalcy to your jaw.
The first step in treating pain is determining the source – and this can be particularly tricky with the jaw joint. There are many delicate structures involved, and they need to work harmoniously. Our team is experienced with jaw disorders and will be able to help you start seeking relief. Our Glen Burnie location serves the community, and is conveniently located from your home. Just fill out the form below to reach out.
Common Sources of Jaw Pain
We know that chronic pain can start feeling like the norm. But it’s important that you take action when you’re not feeling like yourself. Don’t allow the pain to become an ongoing part of your life. Learn more about the potential sources of your discomfort to begin investigating.
- Infection – Osteomyelitis can travel through the blood stream, affecting the bones and surrounding tissues. It can impact the temporomandibular joint, causing pain, fever, and swelling. This is easily treatable with antibiotics, or may require surgery – but first it needs to be diagnosed.
- TMD (temporomandibular disorder) – Chronic grinding (also known as bruxism) puts undue stress and pressure on your jaw. When you continue grinding for long periods of time, your jaw joint becomes inflamed, and may sustain physical damage. You may have TMD if discomfort is accompanied by a clicking sound when you open your jaw, jaw fatigue, headaches, swelling, or these other symptoms.
- Other dental disease – Jaw pain isn’t always coming directly from the jaw joint. Other oral issues can cause radiating pain that emerges in confusing areas. If you have gum disease or a cavity in one of your molars, there can be heat and pain at the jaw. If you have an existing bite problem, or are missing a tooth, dental dysfunction can also cause aggravation. If something seems wrong with your teeth, get in touch to make sure everything’s healthy.
- Abscess – When a cavity progresses to the inside of the tooth, the dental pulp or nerve can become infected. This bacteria may then spread to the tooth root, where it affects surrounding bone tissue. This can cause significant jaw pain and should be treated as soon as possible.