Posted on 8/30/2019 by Cole Anderson, DMD, MS
|People expect many things to happen when they speak out loud. They want people to listen to them and they want to say things that make sense. The one thing that people should not expect when they speak is for their jaw to hurt.
While some may think this is not a big deal, it is possible that the pain felt in the jaw while speaking is the sign of a problem that we can help correct. The best way to know if there is a problem is to learn some of the reasons that your jaw hurts while you speak.
Learning About TMJ
The joint that connects the jaw to the skull is known as the temporomandibular joint. When the joint functions properly, it is easy to speak, move the upper and lower jaw and live normally. Unfortunately, many people suffer from TMJ disorders. For some reason the joint does not function the way they should. They may not move in sync and this can cause a variety of different symptoms. The symptoms include ringing in the ears, pain in the jaw, headaches and pain when speaking.
There are many different causes for TMJ disorders. Heredity, trauma, teeth grinding and overworking the jaw are some of the reasons that a person may suffer from TMJ. In order to alleviate the pain while speaking that results from TMJ disorders, you need to figure out the cause and treat the cause.
Other Reasons for Difficulty Speaking
TMJ disorders are the most common reason that people feel pain in the jaw while speaking, there are other reasons that this can happen. Cavities, infections and abscesses can cause pain in the jaw that magnifies itself while a person is talking. Any other dental issues may also cause pain in the jaw while speaking or at other times. The best way to find out is to get a complete dental exam.
For more information about this or any other oral health issue, contact our office to schedule an appointment.