All your facial structures are connected. That means a problem in one area can easily lead to pain throughout your jaw, face, and teeth.
At our office in La Grange, Illinois, we provide the personalized treatment you need to achieve dental health and wellness.
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.
Pain affecting your jaw, face, and teeth has several possible causes, including:
However, TMJ disorders are the most frequent cause of pain in all three areas.
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:
Orofacial myofunctional disorders occur when there’s a problem with how your tongue, lips, and jaw move and function.
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:
In severe cases, your jaw might lock, making it impossible to open and close your mouth.
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.