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Jaw pain is quite inconvenient. It makes talking, eating, and even smiling difficult. When you experience this pain, you likely wonder where it’s coming from. This is a good first step because it can help you eliminate the problem. To help you identify the cause of your jaw pain, our dentist, Dr. Jerry Butler, is happy to list a couple of the common culprits behind it, which are:

-Temporomandibular disorders: This problem, which is also called TMD, causes pain in the jaw because it usually originates from chronic teeth grinding (which is also called bruxism) or from a dislocated temporomandibular joint. Your dentist will know which treatment can help your TMD and give you the relief you need.

-Malocclusion: This problem, which is also called crooked teeth or an uneven bite, can apply unnatural pressure to the jaw and result in pain. Typically, the best and most recommended way to treat malocclusion is with orthodontic treatment. Braces, clear aligners, and other appliances can help you have the smile you deserve, the oral health you need, and the comfort you’re looking for.

Do you think one or both of these problems is the cause of your jaw pain? If so, please contact Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D today at (828) 264-5858 when you can. Our dental team would be happy to help you if you schedule an appointment. We look forward to your phone call!