What Causes Jaw Pain?
Jaw pain can be caused by many different things. Some common causes include the following:
- Infected teeth and gums
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
- Improper posture
- Misalignments in the neck and upper back
Who Treats Jaw Pain?
Dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons treat jaw pain that’s specifically related to a person’s oral health. These providers are highly qualified to treat pain caused by infections, TMJ, and other oral issues. Jaw pain that’s not caused by a strictly oral health issue, however, may be out of dentists’, orthodontists’ and oral surgeons’ areas of expertise.
Chiropractors are able to provide natural and effective treatments for jaw pain that are caused by misalignments and improper posture. Chiropractors are experts in the body’s musculoskeletal system and how it affects various parts of the body. They’re able to assess the spine, checking for any misalignments that may cause pain in the jaw and other areas. In many cases, they’re also able to help correct misalignments.
What Is Seeing a Chiropractor for Jaw Pain Like?
Going to a chiropractor for jaw pain treatment is a lot like going to them for any other procedure or service. The appointment typically begins with some preliminary paperwork, and then the chiropractor will discuss the patient’s symptoms with the patient. The chiropractor will often ask a few questions before performing an exam, which may entail checking the jaw, spine and other parts of the body. After this exam, the chiropractor will recommend any treatments that they think may help. In some cases, these treatments are performed during the same appointment. Other times, procedures are scheduled for a different day.
The entire process takes just a short while, often less than an hour. Since most treatments that chiropractors provide are outpatient procedures, patients are usually welcome to go home immediately afterward.