Is jaw pain a dental emergency? Jaw pain can be considered a dental emergency if the discomfort begins to cause problems every day. Teeth grinding and clenching, facial trauma, and temporomandibular joint issues (TMJ) are the most common causes of jaw pain, so no matter the severity of discomfort, you can also reach out to our dental team for help.
How you should handle jaw pain: When alerting us to your situation, you’ll need to explain the type of pain you’re experiencing. It may be that it’s radiating into your head, neck, and shoulders. You may have difficulty opening and closing your mouth to eat or speak. Our team will provide helpful techniques such as facial massage, jaw stretches, changes to your eating habits, or taking an over-the-counter pain reliever to stay comfortable while you wait to see your emergency dentist in Perrysburg, Ohio.
How we treat jaw pain: Depending on the cause of your jaw pain, it may be necessary to undergo TMJ Therapy to address inflammation and additional pressure placed on your joints and facial muscles. A nightguard may also be recommended if you tend to grind or clench your teeth at night (bruxism). If necessary, wisdom tooth removal may also be an option if impacted or partially erupted molars are causing you pain.