Why does my jaw hurt every morning?
Do you experience jaw pain when you wake up? This could be an indication that you suffer from TMD, a disorder that affects your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Your TMJ is the joint that connects your upper and lower jaw and allows them to open and close and move from side to side.
As such, this joint suffers a lot of wear and tear, so sometimes it gets overworked and causes pain in your jaw. Without treatment, a TMJ disorder can lead to problems such as migraines, muscle pain, and even a locked jaw.
Thankfully, there is a conservative approach to treating the uncomfortable symptoms associated with TMJ disorders. Dr. Matt Cavendish is highly trained at TMJ treatments to help stop those from happening. He may recommend a device called an occlusal splint that prevents your teeth from grinding and clenching while you sleep. This gives your TMJ a chance to rest and provides relief from jaw pain. He also uses dental lasers to stimulate the healing of muscle and tissue around the joint.
If you experience tension or pain in your jaw, please call our Phoenix dental office to arrange a consultation. Dr. Cavendish will be happy to evaluate your situation and see if one of our conservative solutions is right for you.