Could Covid-19 Stress Be Causing Your Jaw Pain?

Are you told that you need a dental crown due to a cracked tooth despite practicing good oral hygiene at home? Perhaps you woke up one morning and felt tooth pain you weren’t experiencing before, but weren’t sure why? The pandemic can cause all sorts of stress, and stress also happens to be one of the leading causes of bruxism, a condition characterized by chronic teeth grinding and clenching. Frequent grinding can lead to all kinds of dental pain, but TMJ therapy in Century City can put a stop to it and give you one less thing to stress about.

How COVID-19 Leads to Bruxism

When it comes to issues like the pandemic, a problem that affects people all over the world, it’s understandable to be stressed out. Many people have reasons to feel uncertain about the future, especially if they recently lost their job. Even worse, if they became sick or lose a family member to Covid-19, that’s one of the most stressful events that can occur.

When it comes to diagnosing conditions like bruxism, dentists will often ask patients if they have been experiencing a high level of stress in their lives, as it’s one of the main causes of this chronic condition.

At this time, the connection between Covid-19 and bruxism remains inconclusive simply because there is not enough research available to confirm it. But, it is definitely wise to see your dentist if you’re encountering new oral problems, especially if you have been experiencing symptoms, such as tooth pain or sensitivity, chipped or worn-down teeth, or headaches and jaw pain after waking up.

The Long-Term Implications of Bruxism

When bruxism is present, it does not magically go away on its own. It needs to be managed both during the day and before you go to bed. Without giving it the dedicated attention it needs, your tooth enamel could easily begin to wear down and even crack if it’s not protected.

Keep in mind that once tooth enamel has broken down, it needs to be restored by a dentist. Doing this not only brings back the natural function of your original tooth, but it also prevents it from breaking further. With longstanding bruxism, so much stress can be put on the jaw joints that you may need to have dedicated TMJ therapy to address your symptoms.

How to Know If You Need TMJ Therapy

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you’ll want to get in touch with a dentist so they can examine your mouth and jaw more closely as well as confirm what needs to be done to prevent future jaw problems. These symptoms include:

  • Pain or tenderness around the jaw
  • Aching facial pain
  • Pain while chewing (or having difficulty chewing in general)
  • Pain in your jaw joints
  • Difficulty opening or closing your jaw (also known as lockjaw)

While stress may be more common due to the pandemic, that doesn’t mean you should ignore dental problems when they make themselves apparent. Instead, give a dentist a call and learn how they can help you get the relief you deserve.

About Beverly Hills Complete Dentistry

The dentists at Beverly Hills Complete Dentistry are trained to treat and help patients manage a variety of dental conditions and symptoms, including jaw problems, pain, aches, or damaged enamel caused by bruxism. Their expertise as well as their custom-made oral appliances can make it easier to handle your symptoms at home. To see if you need TMJ therapy, you can contact them through their website.

Follow Us On

Instagram

Featured Dental Treatments

How Can We Help You?
You are unique and so is your smile! That’s why we don’t take a cookie-cutter approach to treatments here – we look at every case individually to make the best recommendations. Explore some of Dr. Kboudi’s specialities to see how we can help you create a smile you love.


Dental
Implants

Animated arrow


Animated tooth with sparkles indicating cosmetic dentistry

Porcelain
Veneers

Animated arrow


Animated tooth on a shield indicating preventive dentistry

Dental Checkups
& Cleanings

Animated arrow


Animated tooth with dental crown indicating restorative dentistry

Dental Crowns
& Bridges

Animated arrow


Animated tooth with dental crown indicating restorative dentistry

Dental Emergencies

Animated arrow

We’re Here for You!

Location

8641 Wilshire Blvd # 205
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(310) 626-1212

Office Hours

Monday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

New Dental Patient Offers

Dental Blogs

5 Teeth Sensitivity Myths

5 Teeth Sensitivity Myths

Do you suffer from regular sensitivity? Teeth sensitivity is often misunderstood, but our dental team can help you find relief....
Read More
Ow! Your Guide to Canker Sores | Dentist in 90211

Ow! Your Guide to Canker Sores | Dentist in 90211

A canker sore can make eating, drinking, and talking difficult and even painful. Maintaining your oral health by brushing and...
Read More
How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health

How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health

During pregnancy, it is essential that you don’t neglect your oral health. A fluctuation in hormones can cause drastic changes...
Read More