What Is Causing My Jaw Pain?

What Is Causing My Jaw Pain?

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How your dentist in Jacksonville, Florida can help with jaw pain

It’s sometimes difficult to determine the cause of chronic jaw pain. If you have jaw pain, you may not care what is causing it; you only want it to go away. The truth is what is causing your jaw pain will determine how it can be treated. Dr. James Schumacher at Schumacher Dental Center in Jacksonville, Florida wants to share his knowledge about the causes and treatment of jaw pain.

Jaw pain can be caused by poor tooth and jaw alignment. When you bite down, if your jaws or teeth aren’t aligned properly, the stress of biting won’t be spread evenly across your jaws and teeth. One area of your mouth may experience more stress than another, leading to jaw pain.

The solution to this type of jaw pain is to straighten your teeth and jaw alignment through orthodontic treatment. Dr. Schumacher offers revolutionary Invisalign, virtually invisible orthodontic treatment. Using a series of clear plastic aligners, you can have a straight smile in as little as 9 to 15 months. For more information about Invisalign, please visit the Invisalign section on the website at https://www.firstcoastsmiles.com/invisalign.html

Jaw pain can also be caused by inflammation around your jaw joint, known as the TMJ or temporomandibular joint. This joint can become dislocated, resulting in wear and tear on the joint, joint inflammation, and eventually joint damage. If you notice jaw pain that radiates into your face and around your ears or locking or popping while you chew, there is a good chance you have a temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD.

To alleviate TMJ symptoms Dr. Schumacher may recommend:

  • Prescription strength pain or anti-inflammatory medications, or muscle relaxants
  • Custom-fit night splints, bite guards or other devices
  • Hot and cold treatments, stretching and physical therapy
  • No matter what is causing your jaw pain, relief is just a phone call away. Get some help from an expert by calling Dr. James Schumacher at Schumacher Dental Center in Jacksonville, Florida. Call today and feel better soon!

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