All you need to know about jaw pain
- Posted on- Aug 26, 2015
Have you been suffering from frequent jaw pains? Have you tried various medications to no avail? If you do, you better consult with a dentist instead. He can prescribe certain medications to make the pain subside. He will then likely check for the real cause of your pain. However, there are cases when the underlying cause can be hard to detect. This is the time when you will be recommended to see a dentist on jaw problems. No matter how manageable your jaw pain may seem, you have to seek for its cause and cure before it can get any worse.
One of the most typical causes of jaw pain may not directly involve it. Some triggering factors may come from other parts of your body. It may even be just a symptom of a rather more serious problem. One can be migraine wherein your jaw pain will be accompanied with severe headaches that just won’t go away. This is because you tend to grind your teeth forcefully whenever you have bad headaches. This grinding affects your jaws which is the very body part that assists this motion. Sinusitis and other viral infections can cause pain in the jaws, too. Most viral infections cause eruptions along your nerve paths which often lead to involuntary muscular contractions and spasms, thus, exhausting your jaws. Jaw pains can also be a symptom of a serious cardiovascular ailment and a possible heart attack.
Another cause of jaw pain is the inflammation or injury on the joint of your jaws. These joints are more accurately called as temporomandibular joints or TMJ. The inflammation of your joints is medically known as temporomandibular or TMJ syndrome. It is often overlooked since symptoms are similar to those of the above mentioned causes. It can be discovered only after any other causes have been ruled out. This is particularly devastating since this can mean you have already lost much money and time before this disorder can be finally diagnosed. Not to mention the negative effects of medications you have previously taken as remedy for a different cause. On the other hand, it is just not too late.
TMJ syndrome can still be managed by a dentist even in its worst stage. Well, you will be fortunate if yours is not too chronic at this point in time. Otherwise, you might need to undergo a surgery. However, most specialists discourage any permanent alterations in your dental structure when resolving TMJ disorder. Your jaws can revert back into its normal state provided it is managed with an appropriate solution. Most dentists prefer having their patients wear dental appliances like TMJ splints and mouth guards. You should book an appointment with a dentist to obtain immediate relief from your jaw pain.