Mandible discomfort can be one of the most debilitating experiences a person can endure. Because we utilize our mouth for so much, from eating to communicating, jaw pain can impact our lives in how we talk, dine, and interact. Jaw pain is not only uncomfortable but can often be accompanied with underlying complications. In many cases, the pain is often associated with dental alignment or other underlying dental conditions. If you are experiencing jaw pain and you think that it may be related to your teeth, it’s important that you schedule a visit with the dentist as soon as possible.

Identifying the Root Cause of Jaw Pain.

When it comes to jaw pain, there are many causes that can be attributed to the pain. Tooth aches or cracked teeth as well as crowded or misaligned teeth are all potential causes of jaw pain. When the teeth are not aligned properly, this causes the teeth to rub unevenly, causing pulsating or consistent pain throughout the jaw. Patients that have a high sensitivity to temperature or have underlying gum disease also can be a cause.

Grinding and Clenching.

While we sleep, we are unaware of the potential damage that can be done within our mouths. An estimated 40% of adults experience grinding or clenching while they sleep, without knowledge of it even happening. Having the foresight to acknowledge and understand the ramifications of grinding and clenching is the first step in alleviating pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing these symptoms and remain untreated, it has the ability to erode enamel, causing permanent damage. Clenching and grinding is easily diagnosable by getting an oral examination at your next cleaning. 

Parting Wisdom.

While nature has provided us with 32 essential teeth, it has granted us little space in the pallet for additional teeth. .If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or crowding, it is possible that you have wisdom teeth popping up uninvited. Wisdom teeth usually develop in early adulthood but can arrive sooner or later. Because wisdom teeth are positioned in the far corners of the mouth, being able to acknowledge them is difficult. Oftentimes, wisdom teeth present themselves with little to no pain or discomfort until it is too late. The good news is that an experienced Dentist can assist with the extraction and removal of unnecessary wisdom teeth, restoring your smile and alleviating discomfort.

Other Underlying Causes.

If your jaw pain is related to an underlying cause such as osteomyelitis cluster headaches or sinus problems, it’s important that you rule out dental issues first. Having a professional dentist analyze your alignment, gum health, grinding, or wisdom teeth is the first step in finding relief. Once dental issues have been ruled out, your doctor can make a further recommendation as to how to treat your jaw pain.