What causes jaw pain?
Jaw disorders often cause temporomandibular joint pain, headaches upon waking and premature wearing of teeth. Various issues can be the source of the problem, but the most common are tooth grinding and malocclusion.
Bruxism is involuntary tooth grinding that typically happens while you sleep. It can also involve clenching during the day or at night. The pressure and friction can cause serious damage to your teeth and jaws. Using a custom-made bite plate can prevent damage from occurring.
Malocclusion is when the top and bottom teeth don’t align properly when you close your mouth or chew. It can cause chewing problems, wear and tear and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) tension. Orthodontic or prosthodontic treatments are used to correct malocclusion and prevent long-term damage.