Being involved in a car accident can cause injuries throughout the body including the jaw and mouth. Due to whiplash, it is not uncommon to feel post car accident pain in the jaw area. In many cases, this is due to damage to your temporomandibular joint (or TMJ for short). This is a concern that should be addressed by a specialist and that’s why you should consult with our Torrance jaw pain doctor, Paul Grin DDS, MPH, APC if you have suffered with jaw pain as the result of a car accident.
It is natural to take our jaws for granted, of course. We don’t think much about it until or unless there is a problem with them. Your TMJ joint connects the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone in your skull.When it’s working normally, it allows for smooth operation of your jaw as it moves up and down and side to side. It quickly becomes apparent that with a jaw that is in pain from a damaged TMJ, the simplest things such as eating or yawning become difficult or even impossible. That is what our Torrance jaw pain doctor is here for. To help you by treating your TMJ and getting your jaw back into regular working order once again.
You may not realize that you have an injury to your jaw immediately after the car accident. Often, swelling will progress gradually. Inflammation and irritation may increase the pressure on the TMJ and lead to stiffness and pain. Typically, it can take about 72 hours after a car accident for swelling to be at its worst. This is not to say that it will take that long to notice any discomfort, pain, or difficultly. But the worst of it may come later. So if you are experiencing any signs in the jaw or mouth area after an accident, your best strategy is to not wait for it to get worse. Call us and arrange to be examined by our Torrance jaw pain doctor. Getting on top of it quickly may prevent you from unnecessary pain. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may be prescribed pain relievers, muscle relaxers, and/or sedatives to address both pain and teeth clenching. Bite guards, physical therapy, exercises, counseling and even surgery for severe injuries are other possible treatment options.