Does your jaw hurt? Do you want to discover the source of your jaw pain? At Appolon Dental Group, we treat jaw pain that stems from all kinds of issues. Our focus is on treating the cause of your pain, not the symptoms. That way, we can treat it for good.
Many people and doctors jump to TMJ as the cause of jaw pain without looking further into it. While TMJ is a likely cause, others are worth considering before deciding on TMJ treatment. We explore all the options before prescribing treatment.
Use this as a guide to learn the 5 common causes of jaw pain and how we can treat them.
An untreated cavity could be the source of your jaw pain. When you leave a cavity, your tooth continues to decay. The decay eventually reaches your root and turns into an infection. This infection can spread to your jawbone and cause immense jaw pain. If a cavity is the source of your pain, you likely noticed it when it was smaller and left it untreated until it reached this point.
To prevent jaw pain from cavities, take care of your teeth. You should brush them twice per day, floss, use mouthwash, and visit your Manhattan dentist twice per year.
If you have jaw pain caused by an old cavity, we can help. First, we’ll identify the tooth that was the source of your pain. At this point, we may not be able to save your tooth. If that’s the case, we’ll extract the tooth and give you an antibiotic to treat the infection in your jaw.
Getting treatment for a bone infection in your jaw is essential. If you don’t, the infection can quickly spread throughout your body. But, once we clear your infection, we can replace your missing tooth with a dental implant.
Takeaway: Untreated cavities can lead to a dangerous jawbone infection. We’ll extract the tooth, treat the infection, and replace the tooth.