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What Your Jaw Pain May Be Telling You Princeton, NJ
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Each day millions of Americans suffer with jaw pain. For some, this pain can be debilitating and prevent them from doing daily activities. Many people suffer through the pain, relying on over-the-counter pain medication for relief. What they may not realize is that a trip to the dentist may be the answer to permanent relief.

Causes of Jaw Pain

When the source of jaw pain is not obvious, like a blow to the head or an accident, it is important to find out what is causing the pain. Some causes are likely to go away on their own. Sinus problems are a good example. Because they are located near the jaw joint, if they become infected, there is a chance that pressure from excess mucus can cause pain in the joint.

While most people know that one of the signs of heart attack is pain or tingling in the left arm, not many realize that other signals of pain can also occur in other parts of the body. One of the main signs that a woman is experiencing a heart attack is jaw pain on the left side of the face. If this is accompanied with chest discomfort, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea or feeling faint, call 911 immediately.

An infected tooth can be a source of jaw pain. When a tooth becomes infected, an abscess may form at the root where the nerve enters the tooth. Swelling can cause radiating pain that involves the jaw.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD) is another common source of jaw pain. A thorough dental examination can determine the extent of the problem. There are various treatments for TMJ/TMD depending on the severity. It may resolve on its own or it may respond to targeted jaw exercises.

Teeth grinding and clenching can result in TMJ/TMD. Often, a dental appliance worn while sleeping will alleviate the pain.

Jaw Pain Relief

Your dentist will discuss your jaw pain with you to determine the cause. After an examination of your jaw and teeth, recommendations can be made. Find out the source of your pain and get relief by contacting your dentist.

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Elliot V.

Prime Dental care has a great friendly staff. I had a wonderful experience with my hygienist Kate, she was very thorough, professional, and kind! Dr. Ma was informative and did a wonderful job of explaining everything. Would highly recommend Prime Dental Care!

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Dr. Ma and her staff are very friendly and super thorough. They take the time to explain every part of the care and are invested in my overall dental health. I would recommend them to everyone!

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I came in for my first appointment with severe pain in my wisdom tooth and they were very helpful from the start. I don’t have insurance, but they have an in-house plan that’s very affordable and can save over $1000 a year and I’m definitely signing up for it. The hygienist was super kind and informative and the dentist was the same. I got here 30 mins early and they started me as soon as I finished my paperwork anyway. Thanks to everyone here for a great experience.

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Dr. Ma and team are wonderful. We have been visiting here for our entire family dental care for many years. Clean facility and very knowledgeable staff.

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I came in today for regular ciening and Kate really did a great job. She also explained and demonstrated the correct way of flossing and brushing. Thank you!

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