The Dental View – By Dr. Steven Shrader Why Does My Jaw Hurt

Do you have pain in or around your jaw joint? Does your jaw get stuck or do you experience popping? What about headaches or a ringing in the ear? If so you may be having problems with your TMJ or temporomandibular joint. This joint allows you to open, close, and slide your jaw from side to side & back and forth. Some possible causes can be; • Arthritis • Injury to the joint, often times getting hit in side of face while playing sports • Grinding or clenching teeth It’s sometimes difficult to identify the cause. Treatment focuses on relieving…

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