Jaw Joint & Pain
Your jaw joint works hundreds of time during a day even you may not notice before. It is just in front of your ear. You use it in your every chewing action. Also you use it while talking and swallowing action. It is one of the joints you use most frequently.
You can feel it by putting your fingers in front of your ears while moving your chin. Even you can feel it putting your finger just inside your ear canal.
Pushing on the joint in joint problems cause severe pain and physicians use this method for diagnosis.
How does jaw joint work?
You put pressure not only your teeth but also on your jaw joints when you eat something hard. Indeed pressure on the joint is much higher than local teeth pressure. To overcome such pressure jaw joint slides while functioning.
How jaw joint is disturbed?
You can damage the cartilage in joint if you squeeze your joint unconsciously. Many people can squeeze their joints and may not be aware of it unless room mates tell them. Also if you chew a gum a lot during the day then you may damage your jaw joint. If you chew your food only on one side of your mouth, it also disturbs the joint at that side. This happens in teeth problems.
If your teeth are not regularly biting each other then you will have “inappropriate bite” causing exess pressure on jaw joints.
In every condition mentioned above there will be a damage in a certain part of the joint. If this damage reaches to nerve ending then pain occurs. This is a traumatic joint disorder.
How do you feel jaw joint disorder?
There may be a certain severe pain in every speech, chew or swallow or sometimes dull pain. Pain is mostly felt just in front of the ear or sometimes reflects to other parts of the neighbouring tissues. Pain can refer to face, head, ear and chin by causing spasm of muscles attaching to the joint.
Pain is mostly located to the ear. Many people admit to ent doctor with the complaint of ear pain.
There are some other complaints beside pain. Some people hear a click sound while opening their jaw joints. Mouth can stay open and there may be difficulty in opening mouth in severe case. Some people can hear tinnitus.
What can be done for jaw joint disorder?
If you have a mild problem or diagnosed early then the following advices may help:
1-Use your left and right sides equally while chewing.
2-Stop squeezing your jaw if you do it intentionally.
3-Do not chew gum
4-Avoid hard foods
5-Aplay hot to your jaw half an hour at least twice a day
6-Use antiinflammatory drugs if prescribed.
First four advices are for decreasing damage in your jaw joint. Fifth and sixth advices are to quicken the healing.
If there is a severe pain then you will need a dentist and jaw surgeon’s consultation. Dentist may do a prosthesis for you to prevent muscle spasm.