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What Is Causing My Jaw Pain?

You hear little clicking noises coming from your jaw when you open and close your mouth. They seem to increase when stress at work or jaw painhome escalates. Lately, the sides of your face really hurt, and chewing can be painful. What's going on? Dr. Young Park and Dr. Michelle Kim, your dentists in Roanoke, VA, can uncover the source of your problem. They'll expertly evaluate you for TMD--temporomandibular joint dysfunction, a chronic oral health issue that plagues 10 million Americans, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. So don't worry; learn more about TMD here.

Symptoms and causes of TMD

That crazy clicking and popping noise and the pain are just part of the problem. Other symptoms of temporomandibular joint dysfunction frequently include:

  • Headaches
  • Ear pain
  • Facial soreness and stiffness at the jaw joint
  • Uneven tooth wear
  • Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism)

Interestingly, bruxism can be both a cause and a symptom of this often debilitating disorder. Causes also include chronic stress and even hormonal problems.

Treating TMD

Relief starts with an oral examination at Park Dental Solutions. Dr. Park or Dr. Kim will examine your teeth and gums, discuss your symptoms and take digital X-rays and other kinds of imaging. Depending on their findings, they may recommend one or more treatments for your jaw joint symptoms. They may include:

  • A soft diet during flare-ups
  • NSAIDS for pain
  • Stress-reducing strategies
  • Dental treatments to even the dental bite (bridgework or crowns as examples)
  • Individualized oral appliance therapy to place the jaw in a more forward position and to cushion teeth
  • Orthodontic correction through conventional braces or acrylic aligners

Fortunately, most TMD is treated simply without complex and irreversible interventions such as surgery. You can trust Dr. Park and his advanced training to arrive at a solution customized to your particular case.

Learn more

Don't continue to suffer from your jaw joint symptoms. Contact Park Dental Solutions for a consultation with Dr. Park or Dr. Kim. In Roanoke, call (540) 563-9398, and for the Rocky Mount office, phone (540) 483-7877.

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