Jaw pain from clenching, grinding, or other causes can be very painful and often results in headaches, ear pain and can be accompanied by clicking and popping. Jaw pain has many potential causes, however is most often caused by irritated surrounding soft tissues due to repetitive overuse, which can contribute to dysfunction of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ).
Dentists can assess for all factors contributing to jaw pain. Treatment focuses on the creation of night guards using a special technique that places the jaw into a neutral position, limiting the ability to clench or grind which can reduce future episodes of jaw pain. Treatment of the existing pain and soft tissue injury is referred to specialists who perform this treatment. Dr. Charron has had the most successful outcomes by referring patients with jaw pain to his wife, Dr. Stefanie Lowe at Alive Chiropractic, whose specialities include jaw pain.