Written By Anica Oaks / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
While you may take your jaw for granted, that will all change once you develop chronic jaw pain. Before you know it, everything from eating to talking suddenly becomes more excruciating than you ever imagined. Of course, your first thought will be to wonder what is causing the pain and how can it be treated. If you find yourself suffering from chronic jaw pain, here are four possible causes.
TMJ Disorder a cause of chronic jaw pain
If you have a temporomandibular joint disorder, you are experiencing what doctors usually refer to as TMJ. When this happens, it means the joint that connects your skull and jaw has become misaligned or damaged in some way.
Often, pain may occur on just one side, but it can be evident on both sides of your jaw as well. If you have difficulty opening or closing your mouth, hear clicking or popping while chewing food, or have a very tender jaw, see a dentist who specializes in TMJ disorders as soon as possible.
Misaligned Teeth a cause of chronic jaw pain
If you have teeth that are severely misaligned, you may also experience chronic jaw pain. In these situations, the constant pressure teeth are applying to one another as well as your gums will lead to chronic pain. If this is an issue, consult with a dentist who practices orthodontics to learn about available treatment options.
Sinus Problems a cause of chronic jaw pain
Should you be an allergy sufferer or be experiencing a bad head cold, chronic jaw pain may be yet another obstacle you face on a regular basis. In these situations, the sinus cavities known as the maxillary sinuses behind your cheeks become inflamed, resulting in chronic pain.
Like the previous two conditions mentioned above, pain can occur on one or both sides of your jaw. While standard OTC allergy medications can help, you should see a doctor if the pain worsens.
Osteomyelitis a cause of chronic jaw pain
Though not as common as the others, osteomyelitis is a condition where your jaw bone becomes infected. Often occurring after an injury to your mouth or following surgery, it can be successfully treated with antibiotics when it first begins. If you experience a fever, tenderness or swelling in your jaw, or pain that continues to get more unbearable, see a doctor immediately.
Since most causes of chronic jaw pain can be easily treated, there is no need for you to endure never-ending pain. Instead, consult with your dentist and begin a treatment regimen that will bring you much-needed relief.
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Anica Oaks is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor related. You can connect with Anica on Twitter @AnicaOaks.
Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.
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