Surgery isn’t necessarily the answer for resolving jaw pain. If the doctor can trace the cause to occlusion problems (bite problems), this can be corrected by aligning the bite to ensure there is even contact between the teeth. If the issue is chronic clenching or grinding habits, you might be able to break the habit by wearing a night guard at night. Being more mindful about clenching and grinding the teeth and taking steps to manage stress in a healthier way, can also relieve chronic jaw pain. Maintaining a healthy diet to keep connective tissues and bones strong is also essential for reducing the risk of TMJ pain, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases that can trigger TMD symptoms.