Diseases of the Jaw
There are several diseases of the jaw that can cause pain and oral health problems.
During all dental check-ups and procedures, your Deer Park dentist looks for symptoms of any disease in your jawbone and, if any symptoms are present, advises you on appropriate courses of treatment.
Some conditions are preventable; therefore, your dentist can also recommend a procedure to perform to keep your jaw, teeth, and mouth in good health.
Below are some of the most common diseases of the jaw, how they are contracted, and what can be done to treat them.
Caused by poor oral hygiene and plaque build-up, decay can infect the tooth and cause a dental abscess in the teeth, gums, or jawbone.
To prevent infection, an abscess should be treated by your Deer Park dentist immediately.
Symptoms may include:
- pain in the mouth or jaw
- pus draining from the area
If any of these symptoms occur, contact your Deer Park dentist practice immediately. Immediate treatment involves removing the source of infection, usually by root canal therapy.
Antibiotics may be useful in severe cases but are rarely needed for tooth infections. In more severe cases, a tooth may need to be removed.
Periodontitis (or gum disease) is a disease of the gums and the supporting bone, which causes pain, redness, swelling, and bleeding.
It is one of the main causes of tooth loss and is often connected with poor oral hygiene.
When you don’t brush your teeth regularly, layers of plaque form on the tooth and harden around the gumline, creating tartar; bacteria can then cause gum infection and inflammation called gingivitis.
This can cause a periodontal pocket to form between the gum and the root of the tooth, which creates a safe place for harmful bacteria to develop and cause diseases.
If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, damage to the jawbone, and tooth loss.
The risk of periodontitis is higher for smokers and is also increased by other factors such as stress, and diseases such as diabetes.
To clean the areas between teeth that the toothbrush cannot reach, brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day and use dental floss once a day.
Regular check-ups with your Deer Park dentist will also help to you maintain good oral hygiene, and routine cleaning can be carried out to remove plaque build-up or tartar.
Temporomandibular joint disorder
Temporomandibular joint disorder is another common type of jaw-related illness. Damage occurs to the joint when cartilage slides out of position.
The patient might have a hard time opening his/her mouth very wide without pain or clicking noises.
Typically, this is the result of clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth over a long time, usually at night (bruxism).
Particular injuries or arthritis can also cause damage to the joint. TMJ disorders can cause facial pain, severe headaches, dizziness, and neck and backaches.
You may be suffering a TMJ disorder if you:
- wake up with sore/stiff muscles around your jaw and neck
- experience frequent pain on the head, neck and back
- clench your jaw
- have a difficult time opening your mouth wide to eat or yawn
- have arthritis
- or have sensitive or broken teeth
TMJ disorders are associated with disturbed sleep patterns and difficulty breathing at night, or obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
Treatment for TMJ disorders will vary greatly, depending on your level of discomfort and the root cause.
It is best to consult your Deer Park dentist, who will examine you and suggest the best form of treatment for you.
Diseases of the Jaw treatment at Deer Park Dental Surgery
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