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What’s Causing Your Jaw Pain? Marietta, GA
Woman suffering from dental pain.

Jaw pain can be quite disruptive. In fact, jaw pain can limit your ability to speak and eat like you normally do. In many cases, jaw pain can create discomfort in nearby areas, such as your neck, ears, face and head. As with many ailments in your body, effectively treating jaw pain must start with accurately determining its cause.

For the majority of patients, jaw pain can be traced back to the TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint. This joint is what connects the jaw to the skull and allows you to open and close your mouth. Unfortunately, this joint is surrounded by a group of muscles, nerves and tissues that can become inflamed, strained or irritated. When the TMJ is overworked in any way, it can result in disruptive jaw pain.

What Irritates Your TMJ?

The cause of your jaw pain may be rooted in an inflamed or malfunctioning TMJ. When diagnosing your TMJ issues, there are two main culprits to evaluate: misalignment and bruxism.

Misalignment. When your teeth don’t line up correctly, it can force your bite into an unbalanced position, which is otherwise known as malocclusion. If you have a misaligned bite, your TMJ can be overworked on one side in an effort to create balance. In such cases, your jaw pain may need to be reversed with orthodontics or other dental work to create an even bite.

Bruxism. One of the most common causes of TMJ discomfort is bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding or clenching. The forces and pressures that are exerted on your jaw and teeth during teeth grinding can far exceed what your TMJ is designed to handle. Frequent teeth grinding (especially during the night) can lead to jaw pain, jaw stiffness, morning headaches, sore teeth, ear pain and much more. Treating jaw pain that is caused by bruxism, however, can be as simple as wearing a nighttime mouth guard that is custom-made from your dentist.

Don’t Live with Jaw Pain

If you are suffering from jaw pain, don’t dismiss and don’t assume you have to live with it. A skilled dentist at Pure Smiles Dentistry can diagnose TMJ issues and provide an effective and lasting solution. Jaw pain can also be an indication of jaw injury, severe infection or a dental abscess, so it needs to be addressed by a dental professional. Call Pure Smiles Dentistry today to schedule your consult.

Posted on behalf of Pure Smiles Marietta

2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Phone: (770) 422-8776

FAX: (770) 428-2207


Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month

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  • Kim P.

    Dr Patel answered my call for practically in the middle of the night. He came and had no other appointments for the day! Just to help me. The facility was immaculate and him and his hygienist were so helpful. I wish I remembered her name. It had been a while since I had been to the dentist and they never made me feel judged. Great team of people. If you are looking for a dentist give Dr. P and his team a try you won't be disappointed! See u in 2 weeks Dr. P.!i

  • Lisa O.

    Hands down the best dentist I have found. I took all three of my kids and myself. This is a welcoming, child-friendly team. It is readily apparent how well this team works together to make every patient, no matter what age, feel comfortable. I appreciate these people so much. Thank you for being such an outstanding dentist team, Pure Smiles!

  • Carmelita Ch.-H.

    Doctor/Staff is very friendly, knowledgeable and professional. Always make sure you feel comfortable. Pam is an excellent Hygienist. Office space is always clean and tidy. I would recommend this office as we have been going there for the past 12 years.

  • Hudson H.

    I usually HATE the dentist! I saw all these good reviews and was a bit skeptical, but after visiting this office I now know they’re all legit. Pure Smiles made me feel comfortable and was very considerate to me. I normally leave the dentist angry, this time however I was so pleased! Everyone was empathetic and went over and beyond to help me. Everything from scheduling to payment options, they cared. I actually want to floss now.

  • Michelle P.

    I only have positive things to say about Dr.Patel and the staff at Pure Smiles in Marietta. I was in bad shape with a wisdom tooth that needed to be removed. I was seen the same morning that I called, and everything was finished in under an hour. I received a check-up call that afternoon, which I felt was very thoughtful. I went back for an overall exam the following week, and I left their office feeling great about my future dental health. Do not hesitate to call Pure Smiles. The staff is kind, efficient, and up-to-date on dental advances.

  • Kashni S.

    Everyone from the front desk to our Dentist was wonderful. Dr. Sanil Patel was truly impeccable - everything was clean. He offers various services to meet all your cosmetic and medical dental needs in one place!! Check it out for yourself.

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2655 Dallas Hwy #510
Marietta, GA 30064

Mon - Wed: 7AM – 7PM
Thu, Fri: 7AM – 4PM
Sat: 8AM – 3PM, twice a month