Why You Shouldn't Ignore Chronic Jaw Pain

You’ve heard of a pain in the neck, but what about a pain in the jaw? Jaw pain isn’t one of those aches that comes on as a normal part of aging. It’s your body telling you that some part of your face, mouth, or jaw is having problems. The good news is that once you figure out what’s causing your jaw pain, it’s usually very treatable. 

Here at our office in Peoria, Arizona, Johnny L. Smith, DMD, can apply his expertise to do two important things: diagnose what’s causing your jaw pain and help you find effective treatment. Whether it’s TMJ, a cavity, or something else, Dr. Smith and our team work with you to help you find relief.

Here are a couple of reasons you shouldn’t wait to see us about your jaw pain.   

The cause could be compromising your teeth

Often, jaw pain signals that something is negatively affecting your teeth. Jaw pain could be the result of a cavity that’s gone untreated too long, for example.

Bruxism, or tooth grinding, is another common reason for jaw pain. You might not realize you’re grinding your teeth at night and the jaw pain is your only alert about the problem. 

If your jaw pain stems from a tooth issue, it could affect your long-term oral health. Leaving your tooth decay untreated or letting your teeth grinding continue can cause problems with your teeth that affect you for the rest of your life. 

Dealing with your jaw pain is more than a short-term fix. It’s a way to protect your teeth so they can last your lifetime.

You don’t have to live with persistent pain

If Dr. Smith rules out an issue with your teeth as the cause for your jaw pain, your discomfort has likely developed because something in the area isn’t aligning or isn’t working like it’s designed. And until that issue is corrected, you’re going to keep experiencing pain. 

Take temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, or TMD, as an example. You get diagnosed with TMJ when the small joints that control your jaw movement have problems. This can leave you with symptoms that extend well past jaw pain, including trouble opening your mouth or a clicking sound when you move your jaw. 

Ultimately, seeing Dr. Smith about your jaw pain means that he can treat the root cause of your jaw pain, getting rid of the discomfort and any other symptoms you’re experiencing.

For relief from your chronic jaw pain, don’t wait to call our office or book a visit online today. 

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