Jaw pain is any kind of pain or discomfort in the jaw area, which includes the lower jaw (mandible), temporomandibular joint (TMJ or jaw joint), and surrounding muscles and soft tissues.
- Grind your teeth
- Clench your teeth
- Be stressed
- Have headaches
- Have a swelling in the jaw
SOLUTIONS FOR A SORE JAW
Come for an assessment and full mouth panoramic x-ray from $199. We will need to assess the cause and then prevent it recurring. We need to exclude that a tooth may be causing the problem.
If it is jaw pain, it may need one or more of these options: a hard splint, trigger-point massage, a chiropractic assessment and treatment with Dr David Guest at Mt Maunganui Chiropractic, an orthodontic opinion, and/or see John Bridgman at Tauranga OMS for possible surgery.
Often, a good home-care regime with jaw exercises, a hot wheatie bag and/or ice pack can significantly reduce the jaw pain.