What causes it?
Jaw pain can sometimes be caused by tooth clenching or grinding. This can occur at night during your sleep or during the day when you are concentrating. It may happen if you are anxious or if you are not getting enough deep sleep. It may wear your teeth or cause pain in your teeth, face or jaw muscles and joints and over time the jaw muscle that clenches your teeth together can become overenlarged and even stronger so the effect worsens.
How can we treat it?
Our practitioner at The Facial Rejuvenation Clinic can assess you to see if you are grinding or clenching your teeth. If you are unable to wear a night guard to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding or if this method of treatment does not work for you then she can place muscle relaxation injections into the jaw muscle that is clenching your teeth to reduce its strength. As a result, the teeth are not able to press against each other as much and symptoms can go away or lessen.