Chronic jaw and facial pain can arise at all ages but is most common with adults. Several symptoms can be linked to jaw and facial pain that can arise in your ears, around your jaw, when biting down or even at the top of your head. Due to the abundance of causes of jaw and facial pain, it is often difficult to diagnose it without the help of thorough exams from your dentist and the use of x-rays.
If you are suffering from jaw and facial pain, it could be linked to an underlying ailment within your mouth. Thus, it is important for your dentist to determine if your suffering from any issues such as bruxism, periodontal disease or a TMJ disorder, as all of these symptoms are causes of jaw pain. Other common causes of jaw pain include infections and toothaches, sinus problems, arthritis, and oral accidents and injuries.
Once your dentist diagnoses the cause of your jaw pain, they can provide you with the necessary treatment to improve and enhance your smile. In many cases, medications have been shown to be highly effective. This includes the use of muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs or antibiotics. Effective exercise treatments are also helpful as they can help strengthen your jaw. Further treatments include the use of mouth protectors as needed. In severe situations, root canal therapy, periodontal treatment, or an extraction may be required.
Our team at DFW Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery looks forward to addressing any jaw and facial pain you may have. To set up an appointment at our dentist office in Irving, Texas, please contact Drs. Pedro Franco, Howard Price, or Drew Havard at 972-594-7414.