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 muscular pain 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 specialized night guards using a technique, called centric relation, that places the jaw into a neutral position, limiting the ability to clench or grind which can reduce future episodes of jaw pain. Dr. Charron has worked extensively to create night guards that effectively reduce clenching and the resulting jaw pain.