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Jaw or facial pain is unpleasant and hard to ignore. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing because ignoring the issue can allow it to worsen over time. The facial or jaw area can experience problems like any other area of the body. Should you have problems with jaw or facial pain, you will want to seek treatment to prevent it from getting worse or causing additional issues.

What are some of the symptoms you should be aware of when it comes to jaw or facial pain? Tenderness in the jaw, recurring headaches, pain in the ears, are just a few indicators that something is amiss. Seeing your dentist for treatment can help you find solutions and relief. Using X-rays to delve beneath the surface, your dentist may look for the following to find out why your jaw or face is hurting:

-Arthritis in the jaw

-Facial or jaw injury

-Infections, like an abscessed tooth

-Chronic toothache

-Sinus issues, such as infection in the sinuses

-Persistent tooth grinding

-Advanced gum disease

-Jaw or your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues

Once the cause of your pain has been determined, you may be advised to wear a mouth protector, beginning specific jaw/face exercises, or prescribed muscle relaxants, antibiotics, or anti-inflammatory drugs for relief. You may need a root canal or periodontal treatment, or possibly have a tooth extracted.

At Greenfield Family Dentistry, our dentist, Dr. Edward Garry in Greenfield, Indiana, is ready to help you determine the cause of your jaw or facial pain. Please call 317-462-1252 to learn more or to schedule a consultation with our experienced dental team!