What is Causing My Jaw Pain?
Could your achy, sore jaws be the result of a TMJ disorder?
Do you find yourself rubbing your jaws in pain? Do your jaws feel achy and tired? If so, you may be wondering what in the world is going on. Our North Charleston, SC, dentists Dr. Riley Cates, Dr. Maurice Weintraub and Dr. Ryan Emerson are here to help you determine if you may be suffering from a TMJ disorder and when to visit us for care.
Symptoms of a TMJ Disorder
Of course, the most common symptom of TMJ disorders is jaw pain. You may notice the pain all the time or whenever you open or close your jaws. The pain you experience is most often a dull ache at the jaw joint that may even radiate all the way to the neck and shoulder.
You may also notice that your jaw feels sore or tired, particularly in the morning or by the end of the day. When you open or close your mouth you may also notice a popping or clicking sound. Your jaw may even lock up sometimes or feel stiff. Even the simple act of chewing can lead to immense discomfort.
Seeing a Doctor
So, when should you pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with our Charleston, SC, general dentists? If you are experiencing severe or persistent jaw pain that doesn’t go away, if you have pain for over 2 weeks despite at-home care, if jaws seem to lock up on you or if there is swelling around the jaw then you need to come in right away for care. While many cases of TMJ will go away on their own, this won’t be the case for everyone. By getting an evaluation right away we can help you determine a good course of action for reducing your jaw pain.
Most people will be able to self-manage their TMJ symptoms with easy remedies such as icing the achy jaws, taking pain killers, eating a soft-food diet and cutting food into smaller bites. When you come in for your evaluation we will be able to tell whether or not you could also benefit from wearing a splint to prevent grinding and teeth clenching, which can make jaw pain worse.
North Rivers Dental Associates in North Charleston, SC, is ready to help you if you are dealing with painful, sore jaws. Don’t let pain become the norm. Call our office today to let us know what you are going through. Let us improve your jaw health.