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When you have jaw pain and you’re looking for relief, one of the best things you can do is determine the cause behind it. This can help you abolish the problem, which can help you find the comfort and relief you need. To help you, our dentist, Dr. Dennis Burrell, is happy to list a couple of the common causes related to jaw pain in University Place, Washington, and those are:

-TMD: This problem is originally called temporomandibular disorders. TMD oftentimes occurs when you chronically grind your teeth (whether it’s at night or during the day) or if you have dislocated your temporomandibular joint (the joint that hinges your jaw). These problems can cause major pain and discomfort. Your dentist will give you the treatment you need to help you find the comfort you want.

-Crooked teeth or an uneven bite: This is also called malocclusion. When you have this problem, the jaw is used in an unnatural way, which causes pain. Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial. If it’s the right option, you can correct these issues with braces, clear aligners, or another orthodontic appliance.

For more information and details about the cause of jaw pain, please contact Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC at 253-341-4817 when you have the chance. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment if you think the TMJ disorder or malocclusion is the cause of your jaw pain. We look forward to helping you!