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Hello, and welcome back to our blog here at Camilo Riano Orthodontics. This is part two of our blog series about jaw pain. Jaw pain can be a difficult thing to live with. When experiencing pain in other parts of your body, it’s often easy to relax the muscles by using a cast and avoiding using the muscles as much or at all. However, when it comes to your jaw, you need to consistently use it for talking and chewing. If your jaw pain is intrusive enough to prevent you from speaking or eating, you may need to seek a solution rather than waiting for the pain to subside. Keep reading to learn more about common jaw issues and their solutions.

Teeth grinding

Some people may experience habitual teeth grinding or clenching which can lead to pain in the jaw. You may be aware that you’re doing this or it may occur subconsciously while you are sleeping. This may lead to nerve damage and put increased stress on your jawbone.

Temporomandibular Disorder

Temporomandibular Disorder or TMD may be causing jaw pain. The Temporomandibular joints on both sides of your jaw allow for the movement of your lower jaw and when they become damaged due to arthritis, stress, or teeth clenching or grinding, it can lead to this disorder.

Muscle use

The human jaw is powerful, but like any part of the body, it can be overused and overworked. Opening your mouth too far or biting too hard can lead to TMJ-related injuries

Joint displacement

If you sustain an injury to the jaw or another part of the face, your jaw may have been displaced or dislocated. If this happens, you may experience a clicking or popping noise. Speak with a doctor to learn about the best way to return your jaw to its normal position. It may involve manually setting it, or prescribing pain medication while it naturally returns to its normal position.

Arthritis

Any joint in your body can be affected by arthritis and the TMJ in your jaw is no exception. TMJ osteoarthritis can be treated by resting your jaw, analgesics to relieve the pain, and splints can be used to reduce the tightness. If the issue is serious enough, you may need to undergo surgery in order to have the joint replaced.

Osteomyelitis

When an infection travels through the bloodstream to other parts of the body and affecting bones, it’s called osteomyelitis. Although this issue commonly affects feet, legs, arms, or the spine, it can also affect the jawbone. This can lead to a fever and facial swelling, but can typically be cured with antibiotics.

Malocclusion of the teeth

Malocclusion or misaligned teeth are known to cause discomfort or pain in the jaw. Although most people will go to an orthodontist with the hope of realigning their teeth for aesthetic purposes, malocclusion can cause discomfort in the teeth and jaw because there may be too much force on one tooth or part of the jaw when you bite down. If you have an overbite or underbite, these may add to more discomfort or pain.

Contact Camilo Riano Orthodontics

If you’re experiencing jaw and tooth pain, it could simply be due to misaligned teeth. Although misaligned teeth can result from injury to the mouth, it’s common for people’s’ teeth to grown in a little crooked or with gaps due to teeth being a little too big or too small for the size of jaw. Camilo Riano is your Top Rated Local® Orthodontist in San Francisco for incognito and lingual braces, so contact us today if you’d like to schedule an appointment.