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When Pain in Your Jaw Disrupts Your Life, What Options Do You Have?


Posted on 6/13/2017 by Doctor Kethcart
A woman suffering from severe jaw pain.
Pain in your jaw can easily affect what is going on in your life. It can be mildly annoying, or it can be full blown misery. No matter which type of pain you are going through, there are things that can be done to help.

If you are struggling with pain in or around your jaw, then please go and see your dentist. He or she can help you get rid of the pain, and get back to your life.

Things You Can Do to Help with the Pain Until You Get Seen

If your jaw is in pain and you can't get in to be seen right away, you have a few options that can help. Taking some over-the-counter medications can help.

Think ibuprofen for its anti-inflammatory effects, then acetaminophen if you just need a little bit of pain relief. You can also put ice on the jaw off and on during the painful times. A good balance is about 20 minutes on and the same time off again.

Resting your jaw can help with the pain. Do this by avoiding any talking that isn't necessary, and by not clenching your jaw. Both talking and clenching can increase your pain, and increase the inflammation in your jaw joint. The sooner you can get into the dentist, the sooner the pain can be dealt with and stop influencing your life.

There are a lot of things that can cause pain in your jaw. From TMJ disorders, to an infection from an abscess, to clenching and grinding your teeth in your sleep; jaw pain is relatively common.

Contact our office today, and find out what could be causing the pain you are going through. That way, you will best know how to treat the pain until you get seen.

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