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By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
April 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   jaw pain  

Your jaw is an important part of what makes up your facial structure. It defines the shape of your face and allows you to chew and bite intojaw pain your food. When there is intense pain in the jaw, ignoring it is not always an option. Jaw pain interferes with your ability to eat, talk, and sleep comfortably. If you’re experiencing jaw pain, find out what your dentists Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, and Dr. Omar Hasham at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA, can do to give you some relief.

Jaw Pain Symptoms
Jaw pain may start off as mild, but soon it can become difficult to even open your mouth. If you feel hesitant to chew your food thoroughly, you should be concerned. Jaw pain may be accompanied by clicking and popping sounds when you open and close your mouth. In some cases, there may be swelling around the point where the jaw hinges come together.

TMJ Disorder 
One of the most common causes of jaw pain is a condition called TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. It affects between five to 12 percent of the population according to statistics published by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. It is an irritation of the joints that connect the upper and lower jaws. It is often caused by an injury, such as whiplash. Grinding and clenching the teeth (bruxism) also affects the stability of the jaw. TMJ disorder may also be caused by opening the mouth too wide to yell or take a bite out of something. Any joint problem is also common in patients who struggle with arthritis. TMJ problems can be resolved by a dentist at Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA.

Relieving Jaw Pain
The method of healing your jaw pain will depend on the severity of the problem and the cause. In many cases, patients get some relief by simply wearing a dental device that supports and balances the jawline at night. It prevents jaw clenching. It also gives the joints a chance to heal and restore themselves. An orthodontic treatment to adjust the bite might also help.

Simple Dental Solutions for Jaw Pain
You may have been putting up with TMJ jaw pain all this time for no good reason. A dental device could be the best solution. Call 757-345-5500 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ricky Rubin, Dr. Brett Dunnill, or Dr. Omar Hasham at their office in Williamsburg, VA.

By ick Rubin, D.M.D. and Brett Dunnill, D.D.S
July 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ  

Have you ever woken up with a stiff, painful jaw and wondered what happened during the night? Although occasional jaw pain isn't unusual, persistent jaw pain can be a sign of an oral health problem, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Rick Rubin, D.M.D. and Brett Dunnill, D.D.S., your Williamsburg,VA, dentists, are here to share several common causes of jaw pain.

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Gum disease, injuries and tooth decay can cause a bacterial infection in or around a tooth called an abscess. Pain from the abscess may extend from your tooth to your jaw. If your jaw pain is accompanied by facial swelling, a fever, and swollen lymph nodes, you may have an abscess. Because the infection in your mouth can spread to other parts of your body, abscesses require prompt treatment


If your teeth don't meet together perfectly or you're stressed, you may grind or clench your teeth. Grinding or clenching puts significant pressure on your jaw joint and the surrounding muscles. Since this happens during sleep, you may not be aware that you have the problem. Waking up with jaw pain and a headache can be signs of the problem.


TMJ causes pain in the bones and muscles in your jaw joint. The disorder can occur if you've experienced a blow or injury to your jaw, arthritis or bite problems. In many cases, the cause is unknown. If you have TMJ, you may experience any of these symptoms:

  • Pain in your jaw that radiates to your face or neck
  • Pain around your ears and temples
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Clicking or popping sounds when you open or close your mouth
  • Pain when you bite, chew or yawn
  • A change in way your teeth fit together
  • Temporary or permanent locking of your jaw

How can my dentist help?

Treatment of your jaw pain depends on the cause. If you have an abscess, you'll need antibiotics to kill the bacteria and additional treatments to address tooth decay or gum disease. A custom-made nightguard offers a simple way to prevent grinding and clenching.

Ice, heat, and over-the-counter pain medications are often helpful in relieving TMJ pain at home. If these remedies don't work, your dentist can offer several treatments that may help you feel better. Prescription pain medications, muscle relaxants, and cortisone injections can help ease the pain. If your dentist suspects that bite issues are the cause of your problem, braces may be recommended to correct alignment problems. In some cases, your dentist may recommend that you wear a bite guard at night. The guard reduces pressure on the jaw joints while you sleep.

Contact your Williamsburg Dentist About TMJ

Are you concerned about your jaw pain? Visit Rick Rubin, D.M.D. and Brett Dunnill, D.D.S., your Williamsburg,VA, dentists, for a complete dental evaluation. Call them at (757) 345-5500 to schedule an appointment. End your jaw or TMJ pain with a visit to your Williamsburg dentists!

By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
February 27, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ  

Do you have persistent jaw pain that leaves your whole mouth aching, sore, or in constant discomfort? Believe it or not, it's not rare to be suffering from this example of a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), as many Americans today can hardly open their jaws without the familiar feeling of intense discomfort and the sound of clicking or popping during activities as mundane as talking or TMJchewing.

At Williamsburg Family Dentistry, you'll find all the answers you need for your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain symptoms and more, as Rick Rubin, D.M.D., and his trusted dentists on site make it their mission to leave your entire mouth feeling good again!

With many TMDs coming with persistent headaches, neck soreness, and even tooth sensitivity as well, it's important that you take care of TMJ discomfort right when it begins to occur. Some of the ways you can treat TMJ pain include:

  • muscle relaxants
  • Tylenol or Aspirin
  • biofeedback
  • wearing a small mouthguard on your teeth while you sleep (which keeps you from grinding your teeth at night)

While more severe cases of TMDs may be caused from misaligned joints, either from a traumatic injury or other rare cause, the majority of treatments for TMJ relief can be started immediately right here at the office. If your TMJ problem requires surgery, there are arthroscopic solutions that aren't invasive and provide optimal comfort for your mouth, achieving full relief in a timely and convenient fashion.

If you're suffering from a TMD or general jaw discomfort, it's time you gave Dr. Rubin and his expert dental professionals a call today at (757) 345-5500 for full oral relief! After all, the staff at Williamsburg Family Dentistry offer only the best solutions for your aching jaw, presenting the top choice for overcoming TMJ pain right here in Williamsburg, VA!