Jaw pain is probably the most characteristic TMJ symptom, but it’s not a simple symptom, either. It’s actually very complex to understand the full variety of jaw pain that can be associated with TMJ. Pain in the jaw joint, pain in the muscles, pain in the teeth, and more. All with a common cause and a common treatment.
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Pain at the Jaw Joint
One of the common sites of jaw pain related to TMJ is pain in the jaw joint itself. Pain in the jaw joint is typically caused by inflammation. Inflammation can be caused by jaw displacement, trauma to the jaw, or tension in the jaw.
Jaw displacement can cause inflammation because the cushioning disc that is supposed to keep bones from grinding against each other is out of place, and in its place are ligaments that aren’t designed to play this cushioning role. They become irritated and in response they can become inflamed.
Trauma to the jaw can cause inflammation of the jaw joint. The sudden force exerted on the ligaments of the jaw can result in minor damage and irritation to the ligaments of the jaw joint, resulting in swelling.
Tension in the jaw joint can also cause inflammation. If your teeth and your muscles disagree about the proper position of your jaw, it can their constant battle can lead to pressure that compresses the jaw joint or stress pulling the jaw joint to expand. Either of these can result in irritation and inflammation of the jaw joint.
Other Types of Jaw Pain
For many people, though, jaw pain isn’t felt just at the jaw joint. Instead, it can happen throughout the jaw and elsewhere.
Muscle tension is a common cause of jaw pain. If your muscles are having to work extra hard to hold your jaw at a certain position or move it, those muscles can become sore. This type of pain is a dull ache, felt in the muscles, often masquerading as face pain.
When your muscles are working hard to try to pull your jaw into a configuration that is contrary to how your teeth fit together, you can actually cause compressive stress on your teeth and bone, both of which will register pain in the jawbone and teeth.
Finally, it’s possible that your imbalanced jaw will put pressure on or pinch your nerves. This can cause sharp, electric pains in your jaw. The location where you feel the pain isn’t necessarily where the pinching is occurring, since nerves can refer pain to nearby parts of the body.
All types of jaw pain can respond to TMJ treatment, allowing you to leave this pain behind and enjoy a pain-free life. To learn more about treating TMJ jaw pain in Centennial, please contact Park Meadows Dental Care today.