Many adults suffer from chronic jaw and facial pain. Some common symptoms include pain in or around the ear, tenderness of the jaw, pain when biting, or headaches. Many things can cause facial pain, which can make it difficult to diagnose and treat. Your dentist will conduct a thorough exam, which may include X-rays, to determine the cause of the pain.
Possible causes of jaw pain or facial pain include: sinus problems, toothache, infections, arthritis, injury, tooth grinding, periodontal disease, night grinding, and problems with your jaw or the temporomandibular joint. Your dentist’s plan for treatment will depend on the source of your facial pain, but recommendations may include: mouth protector (night guard/mouth guard), muscle relaxants, exercises, anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics, root canal therapy, periodontal treatment, extraction. If you suffer from jaw pain or facial pain, speak with your dentist or physician for diagnosis and treatment. Call Aegis Dental to get evaluated if you experience jaw pain.
Mouth guards, also called mouth protectors, help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. They typically cover the upper teeth and are a great way to protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining. Knowing how to prevent injuries like these is especially important if you participate in organized sports or other recreational activities.
Night guard is recommended in night grinding (bruxism) or clenching.