What to Keep Track of Before an Appointment with Us to Discuss a Painful Jaw
Posted on 7/15/2019 by Canyon Oral and Facial Surgery
If your jaw has hurt for quite some time and you can't immediately identify the reason, it's a good idea to make an appointment to come in and see us. We can examine your jaw and determine if there's anything we can do to help.
However, we will likely need some information from you. While an exam and X-rays can help, it's also very useful for us to know a little about your recent activities and pain. Here are some things you should keep track of before you come in so we can better treat your jaw pain.
When Does it Hurt? It can help us a lot to know when the pain started and when your jaw hurts. In some cases, your pain may be pretty steady. In other cases, your jaw may hurt only when you're chewing food or after you've talked a lot. These patterns allow us to eliminate some causes of jaw pain right away, allowing us to focus on investigating the most likely causes of your pain.
Track Changes in the Pain Have you noticed that your pain level increases when eating, in the morning after you wake up, or when you touch your jaw? In addition to knowing when your jaw hurts, we also need to know if the pain level seems to fluctuate or if it's fairly steady. Do your best to keep track of when you have pain and how bad it is. If possible, write down every time your jaw hurts and how badly it hurts on a scale of 1 to 10. Also note what you were doing at the time.
Have You Hurt Your Jaw?
Usually, this is more of a one-time event than something you need to keep track of, but we do need to know about any jaw injuries you've had in the past.
If you have pain in your jaw that you've been living with because it doesn't seem that bad, you should give us a call to schedule an appointment. Jaw pain is not normal, no matter how minor it may seem. Let's get to the bottom of it together.