If you suffer from any of the following symptoms, then Cerezen could be for you.
- Pain in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint soreness
- Radiating pain in the face, jaw or neck
- Jaw muscle pain or stiffness
- Aching pain in and around ears
- Limited movement or locking jaw
- Painful jaw clicking or popping when opening or closing the mouth
- Headaches or migraines
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
What is teeth grinding?
Teeth grinding occurs when you move your jaw while your teeth are clenched. The result can wear away the enamel on your teeth, in which case it will be obvious to your dentist. Clenching the teeth without grinding is also common. When this happens, you tend to tighten your teeth together without necessarily moving them back and forth. It results in less wear and tear but has the same effect on your jaw muscles.
Why does it affect your jaw muscles?
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a ball-and-socket system that connects the jaw to the skull. It allows you to open and close your mouth when you speak or chew. When grinding or clenching your teeth, it can put pressure on your muscles, tissues and the structures of the jaw.
Though painful jaw muscles are a common symptom, you may also experience
- Tightening or stiffening of the jaw muscles
- Pain in the face
- Swelling from clenching
- Locked jaw, or a popping sound on opening the mouth
- Ear ringing or temporal pain
- A grinding sound during the night (possibly heard by your partner)
- Enlarged jaw muscles
Jaw muscle pain can be dull and achy or throbbing, constant and uncomfortable. It may stick around or come and go. Because your teeth grinding can cause any number of jaw problems, from muscles to joints to tendons, your case may be completely different than someone else’s.
How do you know if you’re grinding your teeth?
If you’ve got the tell-tale symptoms listed above, you’re well on your way to figuring out what’s causing your jaw muscles to hurt. Teeth grinding can occur during the day or at night. If you’re clenching or grinding throughout the day, it could be due to stress at work, intense focus on a project, or anger over a disagreement.
You may even be doing it out of habit or it may be a nervous tic. People who experience night-time teeth grinding are usually unaware they are clenching or grinding their teeth. Their partner may be the only way they have of knowing it so in the absence of a partner, bruxism can be hard to detect. As you sleep, you move through several sleep stages in your non-REM and REM cycle.
Teeth grinding occurs as you move from a deeper stage of sleep to a lighter one. It can cause jaw pain and dysfunction when you wake.
What if bruxism is causing my jaw muscles to hurt?
If you think your jaw pain is the result of teeth grinding, it is possible to get the help you need to reduce the tension and aching. Seeing your dentist will be your first step to diagnosing and treating your problem. It’s advisable to get checked out as soon as possible because if left untreated, bruxism can lead to multiple dental problems.
Your dentist will probably be able to tell just from looking at the erosion or wear to your teeth if you’ve been grinding.
Other treatments to ease your jaw muscles ache are:
- Special mouth guards or night appliances
- Stress relief and behaviour therapy
- Massage techniques
- Physical therapy
- Applying heat or ice compressions
- Removal of gum chewing or foods that disrupt jaw function
- Splint therapy that removes pressure from the joint
- Pain medication to ease inflammation
- Muscles relaxants to release tension in the jaw
Our advice to you is to seek care for this painful problem today. There’s no need for jaw pain to become your constant companion.