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By Paul David Epstein, D.M.D. & Associates, P.C.
April 10, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain   tmj   tmd  

Your jaw moves constantly. You eat, speak, breathe, and change facial expressions with your mandibles and the two joints on either side ofjaw pain your head. Called the temporomandibular joints, these hinge-like mechanisms operate the bone, muscles and connective tissues of your jaw in three dimensions. If something malfunctions, jaw pain often results. Dr. Paul David Epstein expertly evaluates and treats jaw pain in Burlington, MA. Sufferers of TMJ, or TMJ/TMD, as it is called, can feel well again.

Symptoms of TMJ/TMD in Burlington, MA

Commonly, your jaw hurts if you suffer from temporomandibular joint dysfunction. It may feel warm to the touch, stiff and swollen. You may hear weird popping, grinding or clicking sounds as you eat or simply open and close your mouth. In extreme cases, you may not be able to open or close your mouth. Ear aches, tinnitus (a buzzing or high-pitched squealing noise) and headaches often accompany TMJ/TMD.

Causes of TMJ/TMD

Women between the ages of 18 and 44 seem most prone to jaw pain. However, besides age and gender, heredity poses risk for TMJ/TMD, as the condition appears to run in families.

Other causes of jaw pain include:

  • Stress
  • Uneven dental bite
  • Chronic teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism)
  • Arthritis
  • Trauma (a blow to the head)
  • Osteoporosis

How Dr. Epstein can help

If you have jaw pain, contact Paul David Epstein DMD & Associates. During a one-on-one consultation, Dr. Epstein will review your symptoms, take digital X-rays and other kinds of imaging as needed and do a complete oral examination. Based on his findings, he'll present a care plan aimed at the root causes of your jaw pain.

Relief often comes with a combination of treatment modalities, and most of them are very simple. Surgery, orthodontic correction or bite alteration with dental crowns are good options but only when more conservative measures don't work. As such, Dr. Epstein likely will recommend:

  • A soft diet to reduce the pressures associated with biting and chewing
  • Stretching exercises
  • Ice or heat to relieve pain
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Over-the-counter ibuprofen to reduce inflammation
  • A customized acrylic bite guard to cushion teeth

End your jaw pain

Yes, you can. For more information, or to arrange your TMJ/TMD consultation with Dr. Epstein, call his office at in Burlington, MA, (781) 273-1152.