Waking up in the morning with an aching jaw, throbbing headache, and sore teeth? It’s time to find some relief. When you’re experiencing any kind of ongoing pain, you just don’t feel like yourself. Jaw pain is especially frustrating, because it impacts the way you eat, speak, and smile. And if your jaw is active while you’re sleeping, then it’s also impeding the quality of your nightly sleep.
If you’ve been experiencing lasting jaw pain, Maryland Family Dentistry can help you find a way forward. With TMD treatment, you’ll be able to stabilize your jaw and see a return to comfort and normal jaw function.
What is TMJ/TMD?
While (as the infographic mentions) TMJ can sometimes be treated at home, it’s not always possible to manage it on your own. By visiting a dentist, you give yourself a chance to get a professional opinion on what the pain means. No matter what you think the cause is, if you’re experiencing chronic pain in your mouth or jaw, it’s best to check in with an expert. You’ll put your mind and ease, and receive the treatment that will get you back to normal.
Does My Jaw Pain Mean a Jaw Disorder?
Not necessarily. For many patients, pain stems from teeth grinding (aka bruxism). During the night, their jaws clench and their teeth grind against one another, eroding enamel and causing soreness. While grinding itself doesn’t mean you have a jaw disorder, continual grinding can lead to one. If the harmful movement of your jaw aggravates your jaw joints, then you could struggle to recover.
That’s why early action is key. We will prescribe a mouth guard or another form of TMJ treatment to help protect your teeth, jaw, and oral health. Just get in touch.