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. 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 your jaw and cause temporomandibular joint pain.
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 Temporomandibular Joint 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.
Other times temporomandibular joint pain is related to accidents, bruxism (grinding teeth at night)or excessive clinching of the mouth.. But whatever the cause, the pain can be persistant, as many people who have had this problem can attest to. 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.