Temporomandibular joint and facial muscle pain is a common complaint amongst adult patients – but what can be done to address this form of dental pain and discomfort? NW Calgary Dentists at Ranchlands Dental explain that jaw joint pain can occur in both male and female patients and in the young and old. It’s not uncommon for all individuals to experience jaw pain at some time or another; with pain lasting for just a short time and discomfort resolving itself in a few days. Jaw pain can be brought on by a trauma to the face, an episode of intense clenching and grinding, and by teeth being in an unhealthy position, or a bad bite.
Jaw Joint discomfort that never goes away and becomes a daily occurrence suggests that intervention is required to diagnose the cause of discomfort and provide a treatment solution. General Dentists at Ranchlands Dental have a special interest in treating the signs and symptoms of TMJ/TMD, and offer patients who suffer from jaw and facial muscle pain treatment options that address the cause of their discomfort.
Patients between the ages of 20 and 50 appear to have the highest occurrence of jaw joint pain and facial discomfort. Sometimes the result of a trauma to the face or mouth, unresolved orthodontic needs, or habitual tension and clenching – jaw joint pain can be debilitating and lead patients to turn to pain-killers for relief. Unfortunately taking pain-killers for an extended period of time merely masks the problem and isn’t addressing the underlying cause. What does cause TMD? Well the reality is that there are many factors that can contribute to the development of jaw joint pain and facial muscle tenderness. What is known is that stress always plays a part – as clenching and grinding seems to be the number contributor to jaw pain.
You’re probably thinking – I’m not stressed but still have jaw joint pain – other causes such as a trauma to the face, resulting in broken jaw bones, or whiplash can trigger TMD and result in daily discomfort. And dental issues like crooked teeth, a bad bite, gum disease, and ill-fitting dentistry can also contribute to the development of jaw joint pain. NW Calgary General Dentists at Ranchlands Dental suggest a comprehensive exam to establish the true cause of any pain you may be experiencing – and a treatment plan that will address and correct issues.