Jaw pain is not a fun thing to deal with. It's like your entire head is throbbing repeatedly after being knocked in the mouth with a sledgehammer. Plus, migraines are a common side effect, which can lead to an extremely uncomfortable experience. Anyone who has ever had a migraine can attest that it is so pervasive and invasive that you feel like you cannot do anything at all. It hurts to a point that is nearly blinding. If you are experiencing jaw pain, it is more than likely that something is wrong with your temporomandibular joint (TJ), which connects the lower jaw to the bone immediately in front of your ear on either side.
TMD (Temporomandibular disorder), can be attributed to several of the following:
-an offset bite
-osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis
-dislocated cushion between the ball and socket of the jaw
-stress, which can cause a person to abnormally tighten or strain facial and jaw muscles
TMD can last for just a few hours or even several years if not handled properly. Symptoms include:
-severe aching and tenderness throughout the face, neck and shoulders, and even throbbing inside your ear
-an inability to fully open your mouth
-inability to chew food properly or fully
Seeing a specialist to help with your jaw pain is a good idea if you want to get rid of your TMD. Using the professional expertise and high-tech equipment, they will first examine your occlusion in order to determine how much your offset bite is negatively affecting your temporomandibular joint. Next, the goal is to relax the strained muscles and joints in your face that are exacerbating your jaw pain. This is done through performing in-depth ultrasounds, gentle massages to increase blood flow and locate trigger points, advising the necessary dietary changes to reduce pressure on the temporomandibular joint (soft foods like yogurt, soup, soft fruit, etc.), and low-level laser therapy, which also should decrease the consistent aching and throbbing. Of course, a good old-fashioned ice pack will also lessen the bad swelling often associated with Temporomandibular disorder.
Reducing stress is another key factor in eliminating jaw pain, but it is perhaps also the most difficult to simply resolve, as one might expect. Problems at home, problems at work-anything can set off stress and cause you to put excessive pressure on your temporomandibular joint without you even necessarily being aware of it. Your effort to reduce stress must therefore be constant and conscious. Still, don't try to tackle this all on your own. Asking family, friends, and even colleagues to assist you can often lead to dramatic results and decreases in anxiety. Relaxing music has also been proven to mitigate and gradually diminish tension in muscles throughout the body, including many facial joints.
Kansas City Dentist Dr. Prabu Raman Specializes in Neuromuscular Dentistry (TMJ, TMD). Helping patients who experience Headaches, Migraines, Jaw Pain. For more details just click on pain with chewing.