Jaw pain is arguably one of the most common dental problems that people complain of. While there can be plethora of reasons behind it, one of the most common one is an imbalance in oral architecture. “Imbalance” implies teeth not being rightly placed or positioned or them being conducive in the oral environment or the way they are naturally supposed to be.
Our teeth should be naturally positioned in such a way that they comfort us without causing irritation or pain. The moment a tooth moves from its natural position or there is an imbalance, jaw pain is born. Depending on how severe the shift is, the pain is graduated accordingly. Imbalance in oral architecture, a faulty dental procedure, arthritis, stress and posture are some of the reasons for jaw pain.
Common symptoms of a jaw pain are severe pain in jaws, undiagnosed headache when one wakes up in the morning and ear pain because the jaw pain radiates to ear causing a ringing sensation. It may also lead to severe symptoms such as locked jaw (when the jaw gets locked, it’s a matter of concern).
Not always is the weather going to cause jaw pain, but it can aggravate it during winters. It may get more painful in winter. If it is left untreated, the pain can aggravate. Weather, however, is not the sole reason for jaw pain but an important contributor to increase in jaw pain.
An imbalance of the oral architecture can sadly affect your entire body. Even the posture of your body can be one of the reasons for jaw pain and vice versa. Jaw pain can lead to spondylosis and this, until today, remains oblivious to people. Also, cervical collar is more or less related to jaw pain. Body pain to a certain extent can be attributed to a long panic chronic TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint). Migraine or headache may get affected by TMJ.
The most important thing that outruns jaw pain treatment is the diagnosis. Only if it is diagnosed at the right time can the treatment be offered. Leaving jaw pain undiagnosed could be a major trigger of TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint). Once it is diagnosed, comes neuromuscular dentistry. The key role of neuromuscular dentistry is to diagnose the root cause of pain and design treatment accordingly. Improper crowning can also lead to this problem. Neuromuscular dentistry provides minute details about the occurrence, root and source of the happening.
Food should not be necessarily avoided. But, one should definitely avoid chewing gum because it puts a lot of pressure on the jaws. Drinks are not going to affect your (Temporomandibular Joint) TMJ in any manner. Emphasizing on the treatment should be prioritised. In the beginning, you must avoid something that is rubbery and highly chewy, or something that requires a lot of pressure from the teeth to break it. Exerting pressure just after undergoing treatment will not let it heal.
A particular age group cannot be a reason for jaw pain. It may happen any time between 18 – 50 years or even beyond. There is no age constraint because what truly matters is the cause of the problem. For e.g., if an adult is suffering from a jaw problem because his/her jaws are inherently or genetically unaligned and on top of that he/she is careless about it, then the result will probably turn out to be even more hazardous and painful. Arthritis, stress and grinding of teeth are some of the problems that contribute to jaw pain. The more it is left untreated, the more severe it gets. Occurrence of jaw pain at an older age group is not because of the age, but because it is left untreated for a prolonged period.
Post treatment, there is a maintenance protocol, which comprises avoidance of certain things and compliance of others. Regular follow up is one of the key recommendations. Unlike a blood test that can reveal discrepancy in a jiffy, a jaw or tooth ache can only be evaluated by a dentist.
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