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Common Causes of Jaw Pain
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Therapy and Exercises
The growth and development of your mouth can lead to improper tongue position, poor swallowing, and breathing issues. With myofunctional therapy, you can reform these missteps and restore proper balance. Unhealthy habits as a child, or as an adult, including thumb-sucking, stress, and anxiety, can also be the source. Reducing stress in your daily life may release the grinding and clenching habits you frequently experience and be a solution that helps more than just your jaw pain. Additionally, performing exercises and building targeted jaw muscles can also relieve unnecessary pain and restore normal function.
Oftentimes TMJ disorders and sleep apnea can cause significant jaw pain. These are frequently resolved with custom oral appliances or mouthguards. Some are worn during the day and others are only worn at night. Designed specifically for your mouth some mouthguards can even be used to alter your oral structures and guide your tongue to rest in a healthier position. Whether it’s allowing you to breathe easier or protecting your jaw and teeth from unhealthy bruxism habits, oral appliances are commonly advised for patients experiencing mild to moderate facial pain.
We will always recommend jaw exercises and oral appliances before resorting to surgery. However, in many complex cases specialized surgery can provide truly life-changing results and relief that patients didn’t think was possible. Only performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, corrective jaw surgery can resolve severe overbites, underbites, open bites, and crossbites. Jaw surgery can transform how your jaw looks, feels, and functions, and you’ll enjoy a healthier and more balanced life!