At some point in your life, you’ve probably suffered from jaw or facial pain. It can be something as simple as a mild stressful point in your face, pain in and around your ears, severe tenderness with your jaw, headaches, earaches, or difficulties biting and chewing food. Because of the number of symptoms associated with jaw pain, it only goes to show that the number of causes can be vast as well. For a thorough exam, you will need to visit your dentist so comprehensive treatments can be given as needed. Through the use of x-rays, your dentist will be able to determine the exact cause of your jaw or facial pain.
If you notice any irregularities or abnormalities in your mouth and have accompanying jaw and facial pain, they will need to be treated as soon as possible. Several causes of jaw and facial pain include sinus issues, issues that are rising from blunt trauma, arthritis, severe infections, toothaches, bruxism, TMJ disorders, periodontal disease, and other issues that can often arise due to do a downturn in your oral health. Due to the numbers ways that jaw and facial pain can arise, you will need to visit your dentist, so they can determine exactly what types of treatments will be needed.
Once your dentist has assessed the causes of your jaw and facial pain, the appropriate treatments can be provided. This can be something as simple as a mouth protector to help keep your smile safe. However, if excruciating jaw pain continues, mild relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, and several other forms of medications can be used. Furthermore, it could be caused by a weak jaw in which exercises will be needed to help strengthen it. In severe instances, it may be caused by a downturn in the health of your teeth and gums, which will require a root canal therapy, a periodontal treatment, or even a tooth extraction.
For more information concerning jaw and facial pain or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Todd A. Napieralski, Dr. Brian P. Wisniewski, or Dr. Jomana Shayota and the rest of our team, please contact us at our dentist office in Chelsea, Michigan, by calling 734-475-8500. Chelsea Family Dentistry is ready to rebuild your smile through top-notch oral health choices and restorations.