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Feeling Pain in Your Jaw? 3 Possible Sources

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Pain in the jaw can make it difficult to chew and yawn comfortably and can indicate the need to see your dentist in Indianapolis for TMJ treatment. TMJ (temporomandibular joints) can become sore and may even click, pop, or lock if they are not functioning properly.

Pain in your jaw does not mean serious jaw issues, though it is common. Here are some other things that might be irritating your jaws and facial muscles.

Problematic Wisdom Teeth 

In the late teens and early twenties, the wisdom teeth (third molars) begin to emerge. In some cases, they come through without any issues. In other cases, they can push against other teeth or fail to emerge at all, which is called impaction.

We evaluate our young adult patients to ensure that wisdom teeth do not become a painful jaw problem.

Teeth Grinding and TMJ

Teeth grinding, or bruxism, can irritate jaw joints and cause inflammation. Most people experience occasional bruxism due to stress, alcohol consumption, or from certain medications. If the problem is a chronic one, however, it can cause TMJ dysfunction to develop.

A Poor Bite (Malocclusion)

When teeth do not meet properly, and the peaks and valleys do not line up comfortably, the jaw works overtime to find a comfortable position. In addition to jaw pain, teeth may wear unevenly or break down due to the added force on the surfaces of teeth.

Orthodontics, bite balancing, or nightguard use can all help to alleviate the troubles that come with a bad bite. 

Finding a dentist in Indianapolis who offers TMJ treatment and had experience with jaw disorders will be a great first step.

Give Us a Call

To determine the best way to address your jaw pain, a full evaluation will help Dr. Kyle Shank present accurate ways to give you a comfortable bite and relaxed jaw muscles. So what're you waiting for? Give our office a call today!