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Posts for tag: Jaw pain

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
September 05, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Jaw pain   tmj disorders  

Chronic pain affects the quality of life for an estimated 50 million adults in the U.S. alone. The American Chronic Pain Association designates September as “Pain Awareness Month” to highlight the many conditions that cause chronic pain and strategies to manage them. Among these are conditions that can involve your oral or facial health. Here are two painful mouth and face disorders and what you can do about them.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). TMD is a common condition often seen in the dental office. The temporomandibular joints connect the lower jaw to the skull and facilitate activities like eating or speaking that require jaw movement. If they and their associated muscles become inflamed, this can trigger debilitating chronic pain. If you suffer from TMD symptoms, make sure we know about it so we can make your dental visits as comfortable as possible.

When possible, avoid irreversible and invasive treatments for TMD that may permanently change your bite, such as surgery or having teeth ground down. Instead, most healthcare professionals recommend a more conservative approach. Try the following tips to alleviate TMD pain:

  • Eat soft foods so you do not aggravate the jaw joint.
  • Avoid extreme jaw movements like suddenly opening your mouth very wide.
  • Use ice packs and moist heat to relieve discomfort.
  • Ask us about jaw exercises to stretch and relax the jaw.
  • Practice stress-reduction techniques, such as meditation, yoga, tai chi or taking short walks to clear your mind.

Burning Mouth Syndrome. The sensation that the mouth has been burned or scalded without an obvious cause is most common among women during menopause. While researchers can’t yet pinpoint clear causes for it, the list of suspects includes hormonal changes, neurological or rare autoimmune disorders or medication-induced dry mouth.

The first step to treatment is an oral exam along with a complete medical history to identify any possible contributing factors. Depending on the results, we can offer recommendations to manage your symptoms. The following tips often help:

  • Keep your mouth moist. We can recommend an artificial saliva product or medication to increase saliva flow if needed.
  • Change your toothpaste if it contains irritating ingredients.
  • Identify and avoid foods and beverages that seem to precede an episode. These may include spicy foods, coffee and alcoholic beverages.
  • Quit smoking, as this is often linked to burning mouth episodes.

The pain and discomfort caused by these and other oral conditions can put a dent in your life. A visit to your dentist, though, could be the first step to finding relief.

If you would like more information about oral conditions that produce chronic pain, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Seeking Relief From TMD” and “Burning Mouth Syndrome.”

By Dentistry at Camp Creek
July 26, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Jaw pain  

What your dentists in South Atlanta, Georgia want you to knowJaw Pain


Jaw pain can be excruciating and you might think it will never end. Jaw pain can also affect other areas of your head and face, causing earaches, headaches and radiating facial pain. The good news is there are effective treatments for jaw pain that can help. Your dentists Dr. Travon Holt or Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, Georgia want to share the facts about what might be causing your jaw pain.

Your jaw pain might be caused by an obvious issue, like grinding your teeth at night. If you wake up with tight facial and jaw muscles, headaches and earaches, you might be a night grinder. Chronic grinding and clenching can result in jaw joint damage, and cracked, worn or broken teeth. If you are a night grinder, don’t worry! Your dentists in South Atlanta can make you a custom-fit nightguard to protect your teeth and relax your jaws.

Poor jaw alignment can also result in jaw pain because your jaws don’t open and close properly. Bad alignment can create more stress on one section of your jaws, causing pain. Don’t worry! Your dentists at Dentistry at Camp Creek offer a full range of orthodontic treatments to correct your bite and your smile. You can choose from conventional or cosmetic braces, or revolutionary Invisalign clear plastic aligners.

One of the most common causes of persistent jaw pain results from problems with your temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ. The TMJ is an important joint which helps you open and close your jaws. It can shift out of place, causing friction, inflammation and swelling around the joint. Common signs to look for include popping and clicking when you open and close, your jaw locking in place, or pain radiating into other areas of your head and face.

Your dentists in South Atlanta have a full range of services to treat jaw pain from TMJ. They may suggest wearing a night splint or bite guard.

The cause of your jaw pain may be obvious or not-so-obvious, but don’t worry. Your dentists Dr. Travon Holt or Dr. Tarem Eric Hendricks in South Atlanta can provide relief. For more information about jaw pain and other dental issues and treatments call your dentists at Dentistry at Camp Creek in South Atlanta, Georgia. Don’t suffer from jaw pain, call today!