The Aftermath of Dental Surgery Can be Worse Than The Surgery
Going to the dentist is hardly ever fun. Even more so when you get dental surgery. Thank goodness for anaesthetics! Yet the most difficult part of the surgery may not be the part the dentist performs in his office, it can be the aftermath of his work. Lying in a dental chair for one hour or more with your mouth wide open to the extreme, can take its toll on the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ).
Jaw Pain Has Many Causes
Have you ever had jaw pain after an extraction or other dental procedure? The forcible extraction or the prolonged extreme opening of the jaw can strain and even displace the TMJ and cause occlusion problems. (difficulty closing or aligning the bite). Sometimes this can manifest itself simply as a clicking in the jaw, but other times it can result in serious pain, headaches and other symptoms. TMJ pain can also be related to accidents, bruxism (grinding teeth at night)or excessive unconscious clinching of the teeth. But whatever the cause, the pain can be persistent, as many people who have this problem know.
Relief Can Be Just a Few Treatments Away
There are dentists who specialize in occlusion problems and others, such as osteopaths who receive specialized training in dealing precisely with these types of issues. The good news is that in most cases, relief is just a few treatments away. Sometimes it is necessary to use intra-oral techniques to resolve the problem, but even so, the treatment is gentle and painless.
If you have persistent pain in the TMJ that lasts more than a few weeks it’s a good idea to get evaluated by a professional. Osteopathy can definitely help.
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