Jaw Swelling And More
If you have painfull jaw swelling that does not seem to go away, there is a possibility that you have a condition known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. TMJ disorder is very common, and it can be a source of extreme discomfort. TheTMJ is the most frequently used joint in the body, so it is not surprising that it is under constant stress. TMJ jaw pain results from chronic pressure and strain, which can be caused by a number of different issues. In most cases, TMJ disorder is the result of clenching or grinding the teeth. This habit is known as bruxism, and many individuals are prone to do this in their sleep. If you wake up in the morning with jaw or neck pain, earaches, headaches, or discomfort in the facial area, you may have been grinding your teeth – a natural reaction to stress and anxiety. You may even grind your teeth or clench your jaw while you are awake without being aware of it. In time, this can cause painful inflammation in the soft tissue of the TMJ. Some people with this painful disorder also experience clicking sounds in the jaw, as well as difficulty opening the mouth fully; in some cases, the jaw may lock if the mouth is opened too far. Habitual gum chewing and frequently eating hard or chewy foods can also lead to TMJ disorder. Your dentist can determine whether your mouth pain is due to swelling of the jaw.
Treating jaw numbness and swollen jaw neck pain is fairly straightforward. If you are experiencing chronic jaw pain or stiffness, applying heat or cold to the affected area can ease the pain and help reduce the swelling. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) are highly effective for reducing swelling and soothing the pain of TMJ disorder. In severe cases, a steroid injection may be necessary to bring the inflammation under control. In addition, it is important to understand how you can prevent TMJ disorder from recurring. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist can design a specially fitted overnight mouth guard to prevent you from clenching your jaw. Avoid excessive gum chewing, eat soft foods if you are in discomfort, and be aware of times when you are grinding your teeth – usually when you are under stress.
Your dentist or TMJ specialist can examine your jaw to determine whether your jaw and neck pain is caused by TMJ disorder. A dislocated jaw can cause extreme pain, and you will need a dentist who has experience in TMJ disorders to reset your jaw. Your dental care provider will be able to recommend the best method to reduce jaw swelling and the pain of TMJ jaw soreness.