If you tested positive for COVID-19, you might have some lingering effects from the disease. These long haul COVID-19 symptoms following illness often include issues with the heart, lungs and even your jaw. Here is what we know about this.
Jaw pain and COVID-19
There was a recent news report that noted how a doctor who recovered from COVID-19, found that he had developed temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) as a side effect of the disease. This might be because of the strain of heavy mouth breathing, which places excess pressure on the jaw and causes your TMJ to become misaligned.
But there is good news. If you have recovered from COVID-19 but are experiencing jaw pain, there is a treatment available to help minimize your pain. Treatment includes physical therapy, hot and cold packs and oral appliance therapy. Through oral appliance therapy, your dentist can help relieve some of that pressure and you are feeling in your jaw.
While there are alternative solutions to your TMD, it is up to you and your doctor to determine if oral appliances are the best fit for your case. The most important thing to remember is that TMD pain is temporary. If you address it early on, you will find a solution.
Contact us at AZ Sleep & TMJ Solutions to learn more about jaw pain and how we can help ease your discomfort.