If you wake up in the morning feeling pain in your jaw, or if your jaw makes a clicking sound when you chew, you may be suffering from “TMJ Disorder.” TMJ stands for Temporo-Mandibular Joint, which is the joint connecting your jaw to the rest of your skull. The disorder occurs when this joint becomes inflamed.
There are a variety of causes, from stress to excessive gum chewing. For a proper diagnosis, your dentist looks for the following symptoms:
For general treatment, you will be fitted with a special mouth guard that will prevent your teeth from being damaged and keep your jaw from clenching while you sleep, ultimately putting an end to jaw pain.