Procrastinating Jaw Pain Treatment

Jaw Pain: Don’t Delay Treatment

We’ve all been there. We have some small health problem, but we put off doing anything about it until it gets worse. Your cavity turned into a root canal. Your “tweaked back” turned into a herniated disc. Your little headaches turned into migraines.

Lately, you’ve been experiencing some jaw pain. No big deal, right? You might be telling yourself that the pain will go away, that it’s probably nothing.

But what many people in Utah and across America don’t know is that jaw pain can worsen if proper treatment is not found.

Symptoms

Jaw pain is common. Temporomandibular disorders, or TMD, are disorders that affect the jaw. And they affect nearly half of the U.S. Symptoms can include: “clicking” noises when chewing, pain in the jaw muscles, pressure headaches, and difficulty opening or closing the mouth. The cause of these problems is often the result of a disorder with the TMJ, which is the little joint that connects your jaw like a hinge.

Treatment

TMJ can be treated in a variety of ways, which is why it’s important to see a TMJ specialist. Some of the treatments that might be recommended are: pain relievers, muscle relaxants, physical therapy, or in some cases, TMJ surgery. Jaw pain, like many other health issues, shouldn’t be ignored.

Seeking a proper diagnosis and getting the proper TMJ treatment may prevent the problem from worsening. TMJ will often not go away on its own. If nothing is done, pain can increase, and the problem can escalate. TMJ specialists can help alleviate your jaw pain and help get you back to focusing on what you want.