Jaw pain is a common dental concern that we treat in our Charlotte, NC, dental office. As a Dawson Academy trained dentist, Dr. Durning Moore can offer patients experienced diagnostic care for the treatment of jaw pain that stems from TMD and TMJ disorders. Here are answers to frequently asked questions regarding jaw pain:
Why does my jaw hurt?
There are several reasons one might experience jaw pain. Often, we see patients experience jaw pain when they are under high amounts of stress. Stress can cause you to unintentionally clench your jaw or grind your teeth at night with you sleep. These actions place your dental structures under excess amounts of pressure and can cause jaw pain. Additionally, dental damage, missing teeth, or bite misalignment can also be the cause of jaw pain. Anything that makes preforming daily tasks like chewing and speaking more difficult can result in jaw pain.
What is a TMJ disorder?
A TMJ disorder is any jaw pain that is determined to be the result of damage or inflammation to the temporomandibular joint of your jaw. If you have a TMJ disorder, you may also experience a popping or clicking noise when you open or close your mouth. Additionally, you may experience tension headaches, earaches, or neck pain. Treating TMJ can minimize or eliminate uncomfortable symptoms and stabilize your long term dental health.
What are my treatment options?
Your jaw pain will need to be treated based on its underlying causes. After a thorough exam and discussion of your symptoms, concerns, and goals Dr. Moore will present a plan of treatment designed specifically for meeting your needs. This treatment plan may include the use of a customized mouthguard which will hold your jaw in a healthier resting position as you sleep. He may also recommend orthodontics to help better your bite pattern, or restorative dentistry options if your teeth are damaged or the biting surface needs adjustment.
My jaw hurts right now. What can I do?
If you are currently experiencing jaw pain, we recommend taking over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen. Additionally, holding a cold compress to your cheek or jawbone will help reduce inflammation and swelling. Avoid eating excessively crunchy or chewy foods while experiencing jaw pain. Moreover, the best thing you can do for your jaw pain is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Durning Moore. Dr. Moore welcomes new patients and can provide the care you need to address the effects of a TMJ disorder. To schedule an appointment in our Charlotte, NC dental office contact us at (704) 275-5323 or request one online.