Jaw pain is usually associated with pain found in the Temporal Mandibular Joint(TMJ). Generally, the cause of jaw pain can be broken down into two categories, either a macro trauma, that usually results from a single injury such as whiplash experienced in a car wreck or a micro trauma which is a result of repetitive stress to both the hard and soft tissues in the TMJ over time.
We find the micro trauma is the most common for our team to treat. What we have found is that many of these micro traumas are primarily the result of nocturnal bruxism. Bruxism is considered a medical problem in that it is considered a Rhythmic Movement Disorder such as Restless Leg Syndrome and both can effect the sleep of a person. When a person purposefully "clenches" their teeth during the day the amount of pressure created has been measured and is usually 17 thousand pounds. However nocturnal bruxism has been measured upwards to 57,600 pounds, nearly 3 1/2 to 4 times greater. Having this understanding, gives greater insight to the damage that is developed at night. (Oekson J., ed: Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion. 6th ed.)
These kind of pressures will cause harm not only to our teeth but to our jaw joints as well. If one experiences this night after night, month after month TMJ issues will occur and manifest themselves as jaw pain. If you are experiencing these kind of problems we would like to talk to you. You can reach us at (480)248-7788