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Jaw-Related Conditions

General dentists and specialized dental practitioners and physicians treat conditions that affect the jaw, as well as the head and neck. Our dental team typically works in a multidisciplinary manner so that different oral care specialists can discuss and collaborate on the best possible approach to treatment. 

Jaw-related Conditions We Treat:

  • Jaw Trauma can be caused by any number of injuries and accidents. Reconstruction of the jaw is managed by several different types of doctors including dentists, otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat specialists), oral surgeons and facial plastic surgeons. Our dentists understand the importance of the overall appearance of the mouth to a person’s cosmetic appearance, as well as their self-esteem, and work with surgeons to reconstruct function as well as cosmetic appearance. Learn more about jaw-related treatments.
  • Jaw deformities are corrected using a variety of orthodontic and surgical techniques. Understanding the importance of the jaw to a person’s overall cosmetic appearance and self-confidence, our dentists work with other specialists, including facial plastic surgeons and otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat doctors) to restore the jaw to full functionality, as well as a pleasing cosmetic result. Learn more about jaw-related treatments.
  • Jawbone infections/dental abscesses are caused when a dental cavity remains untreated. Bacteria can form and cause an infection. If it is not treated immediately, the infection can travel into the jawbone and cause serious health issues. Symptoms of a jaw bone infection or dental abscess include:
    • Pain in the mouth or jaw
    • Redness or swelling
    • Drainage of pus from the area

You should seek immediate dental attention for an abscess. Your dentist will try to drain the infection and will probably prescribe antibiotics. In severe cases, the tooth may need to be pulled or surgery performed to stop the infection from spreading further into the bones. Learn more about jaw-related treatments, including oral surgery.

  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) are a common subgroup of pain disorders that involve the temporomandibular joint. “TMJ” is the commonly used abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint or jaw joint, as well as the syndrome. Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorders may include:
    • Pain or tenderness of your jaw
    • Aching pain in and around your ear
    • Difficulty chewing or discomfort while chewing
    • Locking of the joint, making it difficult to open or close your mouth,
    • An uncomfortable bite

TMJ disorders can also cause a clicking sound or grating sensation when you open your mouth or chew. If there is no pain or limitation of movement associated with your jaw clicking, you probably don't have a TMJ disorder. Learn more about treatment for TMJ, including mouth guards/bite splints.

  • Osteonecrosis /osteoradiodonecrosis of the jaw occurs when the bones lose their blood supply, or when they are damaged because of radiation during cancer treatment. Learn more about dental oncology.

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