Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue
13874 West Grand River Avenue, Detroit, MI 48227

Jaw Pain May Be More Than Physical

Jaw Pain

Many people suffer with the painful condition called temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Its symptoms include soreness and stress in the jaw, the jaw joint, and the surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and jaw movement. Doctors have always assumed that this dental care issue was caused by problems with the jaw muscles or tooth grinding. But recent research revealed that TMJ may not be induced by the mouth, but actually influenced by the mind.

According to The Journal of Pain, a primary cause of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain may be depression or anxiety. This fascinating finding was based on five years of studies by a team of researchers at the University of Greifswald in Germany. They examined more than 4,000 patients for their level of TMJ pain and psychiatric health. Their research concluded that joint pain was more likely to be felt in people with signs of depression, while muscle discomfort tended to be felt by people experiencing anxiety.

The researchers attributed their findings to the physical symptoms of depression and anxiety since these two psychological conditions can lead to more activity than usual in the jaw muscles, which can cause inflammation and muscle pain throughout the jaw area.

An alternate explanation was that a chemical imbalance in the brains of people with depression and anxiety causes them to process pain in an abnormal way, according to Dr. Stefan Kindler of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery/plastic surgery at the University of Greifswald.

Previous research has associated TMJ with depression, but this study indicated a strong link between the signs of TMJ and the symptoms of depression and anxiety.

While TMJ has typically been treated with medication or physical therapy, serious cases have called for surgery. An affordable dentist can recommend dental care options to treat the condition and meet any budget.

But with this major revelation that TMJ may have psychological sources, we all may need to completely change the way that we perceive and relieve TMJ.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Detroit, call Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue today at (313) 651-7260 or make an appointment

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental at Grand River Avenue.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Wonderful service…I was treated by Janice and services was excellent.
Tarsheema P.
I think that Doctor P and Donelle make a great Team they get me in and out with no problem Gentle Dental has came along way thanks to them
Alaina H.
Dr. Patel and Don are very efficient. When scheduled for services, you are taken care of in a timely manner. Also he takes the time to explain what he is is doing. I am glad he’s my dentist.
Tracy M.
Thank you Mr. Ward, Ms. B and Dr. Patel for giving me my smile back. Seeing my children’s faces light up was priceless.
Yvette P.
My son’s was advised as well as myself on the treatment they were given and asked them questions as well as myself.
David I.
Dr. Patel and little Don his assistant was very nice, informative, and patient. Explain everything thoroughly and made me very comfortable. I would recommend this office to anyone. Very satisfied […]
Brandi H.
They made me very comfortable..
Ronald H.
Excellent dental office ❤️
Shanita S.
Customer service from the front to the back. No long wait time
June M.
I Thank GOD 4 Ms B. AND Mr WARREN. THEY WENT BEYOND AND ABOVE. What I THE MOST WAS CAREING AND DEVOTED 2 THEIR PATENT. ME. THEY DID WONDERFUL ON MY TEETH AND A GREAT JOB MR. Warren Done A AMAZING […]
GEORGE S.
convenient location, friendly service.
Linford S.
Very happy with the staff and their professionalism
Ennis M.
10
Teon W.
Very efficient practice!……
J H.
Good staff
Zenia G.
Professionalism
Clarence C.
Cause they had great customer service in took care all my needs without any problems..
Camille C.
Great service and polite staff
Teresa V.
The staff was very nice. Little Don is the best dental assistant I could’ve asked for and Dr. Patel was very kind and informative. The front staff was respectful but they could pick up the pace […]
Danielle C.
It was a good visit.
Maryssa N.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
  • Monday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (313) 651-7260
Our Location