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We Can Help You Find Relief from the Aching Jaw, Face, and Teeth

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We Can Help You Find Relief from the Aching Jaw, Face, and Teeth

You could have pain in just one area, but all too often, a dental problem ends up causing uncomfortable aching in your face, jaw, and teeth. Keep reading to learn about the top cause of pain and how it’s treated.

All your facial structures are connected. That means a problem in one area can easily lead to pain throughout your jaw, face, and teeth.

Though many conditions can cause your pain, the team here at Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, specializes in diagnosing the root cause, which often turns out to be a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

At our office in La Grange, Illinois, we provide the personalized treatment you need to achieve dental health and wellness.

Pain connections between your jaw, face, and teeth

Your face and jaw, which anchors your teeth, connect through a network of nerves and muscles. They communicate with your brain using the same nerve. Pain in one area, like a toothache, sends sensations radiating along the nerve. As a result, you may feel pain in your jaw and face.

The muscles and bones throughout your body are designed to share physical stress. When one part suffers an injury and can’t support its fair share, the others take on more stress.

The same problem occurs in the muscles shared by your face and jaw. A problem in your jaw makes the surrounding muscles work harder. In addition to jaw pain, the extra stress and tension lead to pain in your face and teeth.

Conditions causing jaw, face, and teeth pain

Pain affecting your jaw, face, and teeth has several possible causes, including:

  • Misaligned jaw
  • Malocclusion (bad bite)
  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Dental abscess
  • Teeth grinding
  • Sinus infections
  • Blood vessel conditions
  • Neuropathy (damaged nerves)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (facial pain)

However, TMJ disorders are the most frequent cause of pain in all three areas.

About TMJ disorders

You have two temporomandibular joints (TMJs), one on each side of your head to connect your jaws to the skull. These joints are incredibly complex. With support from muscles, ligaments, and discs, your jaw can move up and down, side to side, and forward and back.

When problems disrupt this system, you have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMDs are conditions caused by any of the following:

  • Arthritis (in the TMJ)
  • Jaw injuries
  • Misaligned jaw
  • TMJ disc degeneration
  • Teeth grinding and clenching
  • Pulled muscles and ligaments
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Orofacial myofunctional disorders (OMDs) 

Orofacial myofunctional disorders occur when there’s a problem with how your tongue, lips, and jaw move and function.

Symptoms beyond jaw, face, and tooth pain 

No matter what causes your TMD, you experience jaw pain. You may also have face, teeth, or neck pain. And chances are, you’ll have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Sore jaw muscles
  • Muscle spasms
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Pain behind your eyes
  • Teeth sensitivity (without dental decay or infections)
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Dizziness

In severe cases, your jaw might lock, making it impossible to open and close your mouth. 

Treatment for jaw-related pain

You don’t need to put up with jaw-related pain. We offer several treatments that ease your symptoms, treat the underlying problem, and restore TMJ function.

Your treatment might involve dental restorations (fillings, crowns, bridges, or dental implants) or gum disease treatments. 

We may also recommend pain medications or lifestyle changes to reduce stress on the joint and muscles, like temporarily eating soft foods, avoiding yawning, and practicing relaxation techniques.

However, the top two treatments for TMDs are night guards and orthodontics like Invisalign® to restore jaw and teeth alignment.

If you’re ready to get rid of the pain or want to learn more about your treatment options, call the office of Dr. James M. Maragos, DDS, or book an appointment online today.