Jaw Pain or TMJ symptoms – (TMJ is the jaw joint) may range from mild ear pain to severe pain in jaws and adjoining areas. TMJ symptoms can include a clicking jaw, a popping sound when you chew or speak and a sore jaw when you first wake. Several things can cause pain in jaw. TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, is often caused by asymmetrical chewing patterns, tightness of the neck and improper head posture. Jaw pain symptoms vary greatly from person to person and can affect a person through their entire upper body. The most obvious symptoms are jaw pain or a clicking noise with the opening of the lower mandible (jaw).
Jaw pain is usually the result of either parafunctional activity or of an acute trauma to the head, such as may occur with a whiplash injury or direct impact to the joints themselves. Jaw pain is not all that uncommon among people these days and if you have experienced it, you know that it is just plain uncomfortable and is arguably one of the worst types of pain one can go through. Severe pain that lasts more than a few weeks may be reason to see an oral surgeon.
Our office can help you get started on a short-term and long-term plan to alleviate much of the pain and discomfort you are experiencing.