At the Reno Dentist, serving Carson City, Sparks and Spanish Springs, we want to discuss some of the conditions that may result in jaw pain. We have treated many patients with jaw pain and our TMJ/TMD treatment has helped countless patients manage their condition.
You may not be sure why your jaw hurts.
Is it a dental issue or could it be sinuses? Who should you see?
Jaw pain may be caused by sinusitis. Sinusitis is the inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses, and when these tissues are inflamed, the sinuses exert pressure on surrounding areas. If the inflamed sinus is near the jaw, pain in the jaw joint may result. This commonly happens with a cold or allergies.
The Reno Dentist can identify the source of jaw pain, and treatment can begin from there. But remember, jaw pain shouldn’t be ignored.
Many of our patients who come to us with jaw pain have some type of dental issue, such as an infection, or a problem in the temporomandibular joint (also known as TMJ). If you experiencing unexplained sticking, clicking, popping, or aching in your jaw, you might have TMJ disorder.
When you come into our office, the dentist will examine your teeth and mouth to determine your specific condition. We will check for tenderness, clicking, and popping in the jaw. We will also take any necessary x-rays to get the most information about your situation as possible.
Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include:
- Grinding, clicking, or popping sounds in the jaw when you open and close your mouth.
- Inability to open your mouth wide to speak, yawn, or chew.
- A locked or stuck jaw.
- Pain when chewing and biting.
- Pain in the neck, shoulders, or ears.
- Frequent headaches.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, contact us at The Reno Dentist immediately to set up a consultation. We’ll help you understand the causes and review the best possible treatment options for your specific needs. In addition to TMJ treatment, we offer general and family dentistry and serve the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas. Let us help you today!
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