Jaw Joint Pain
Jaw joint pain is common
to those who have a TMJ problem. Perhaps it is what brought you
In this short article, I want to briefly outline some symptoms
you might experience with your jaw joint pain as well as discuss
some simple remedies that are at your disposal.
Let's Talk About Symptoms
Symptoms of this problem go beyond jaw pain. The jaw
joint pain you are experiencing may be an indication of a
deeper problem. In other words, it may be a symptom of itself.
Or perhaps not.
The jaw joint pain you are experiencing may simply be due to
sleeping on your jaw and the flexing of it during the night. It
also may be an indicator or a symptom of bruxism. Bruxism is the
unconscious grinding of your teeth during sleep.
(Bruxism itself can be a symptom of intestinal parasite
infection as well as stress.)
Or, most insidiously, it may be a clear symptom of TMJ
(temporomandibular joint) disorder. So, if you suffer from TMJ
jaw joint pain, or just jaw pain itself, there are a few
things you can do. I would suggest going to see a doctor and/or
dentist first. Self-diagnosis has its limits. I think seeing a TMJ
specialist dentist is best.
So, some symptoms of jaw joint pain include popping or jaw
clicking. If that accompanies the jaw joint pain, it could be a TMJ
problem. Some other symptoms that could accompany it are a
dull constant headache, ear aches, shoulder pain, tinnitus
(ear ringing), tangential muscle pain in the neck and other
symptoms, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, chewing food,
etc. Stomach pain too has been reported as well.
Those are some of the symptoms of TMJ and symptoms that
accompany jaw joint pain. Does any of that sound familiar? If so,
you might have a problem.
Let's talk briefly about
TMJ as related to jaw pain.
TMJ is a health problem where you either experience pain
and/or an actual loss of jaw function. It is pain that
can range from a mild ache to unremitting pain in the jaw
area. Loss of function can actually happen where one is actually
unable to open one's jaw.
Does any jaw clicking or popping accompany your jaw joint
The click or pop signifies the displacement of the cartilaginous
disc that is between the bones of the jaw. In fact, that may
be the reason why you have jaw joint pain -- displacement of the
cartilaginous disc that is between the bones of the jaw. That
disc is there so as to provide cushion and support when
you open adn close your mouth.
Without this support, the bony structures of the jaw will
deteriorate to a point where just basic opening and closing of the
mouth causes not only clicks or pops but genuine and constant
It's serious. Really serious.
Let's now talk about some home remedies that you can do in
conjunction with professional dental help.
Jaw Joint Pain Remedies
If you have TMJ or suffer from jaw
pain, there are a few things you can do. There's hope. Some
home remedies that can help alleviate your jaw pain the
natural way are cost-effective and readily available.
It is highly advised to do those TMJ exercises regularly so as
to remove that persistent TMJ jaw pain problem. Some basic
guidelines while working to overcome it are:
- Avoid putting unnecessary strain on your chin or jaw
- Do the TMJ exercises diligently. They can remove the pain and
help restore proper jaw function.
- Avoid chewing tobacco and gum. Chewing it is not helpful and
can aggravate jaw pain issues. Try soft foods in the interim until
you're healed. Eating smoothies, shakes and soups can help you
while giving you the nutrition you need
- Again, see a dentist who is a specialist in TMJ. If your
dentist doesn't have that speciality (he/she should be able to help
generally speaking), they he/she will refer you to
Easy Potential Solution for Jaw Joint Pain
A professionally designed mouthguard may be just what
the doctor ordered to help you relieve your jaw joint pain. This
type of mouthguard is NOT the kind an athlete would wear during a
It's much different. It's specifically designed to
help those with TMJ, bruxism, and jaw joint pain issues.
So, don't misunderstand.
If you opt for a mouth guard to resolve
your jaw pain issue, I give a 110% Guarantee on one
particular product -- the RCM Double arch -- thus certifying it
will reduce your jaw popping and clicking and jaw locking.
If you are considering a mouthguard for grinding
teeth or for a TMJ issue, I
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I hope this jaw joint pain page has been
helpful for you.
Yours in health,
David Spainhower, D.D.S.