Jaw Pain Treatments in Perth

My Emergency Dentist offers treatment for jaw pain, which can range in severity from mild discomfort during mouth movement to severe pain affecting eating, causing a significant decrease in quality of life. The joint where the jaw meets up with the side of your skull in front of your ears is one of the most used joints in the human body and is called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

What Cause Jaw Pain

Identifying the cause of pain is the first step to proper treatment and finding possible solutions for pain relief. Causes are discussed below:

Teeth grinding

Teeth grinding is one of the leading causes of chronic jaw soreness or pain. It most commonly occurs unconsciously during sleep and the excessive and repetitive action leads to jaw pain and general wear and tear on the joint and teeth. If you are unconsciously grinding your teeth, your dentist may suggest making a specially fitted splint to wear at night to avoid further damage.

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD)

One of the most used joints in the human body is the temporomandibular join (TMJ). temporomandibular disorders (TMD) generally refer to any disorders affecting the TMJ, and involves malalignment between the cartilage, ligaments, and jawbone connecting with the skull. The jaw makes clicking noises when opening or closing the mouth and symptoms include pain around the ears and jaw, constant headache, dizziness, and chronic ringing in the ears.

Malocclusion (misaligned bite)

If your jaws are localised and is characterised by an overbite or underbite. This may lead to a long-term development of stresses on the jawbone giving pain and discomfort.

Trauma

Like any bone, your jawbone can still be broken or dislocated. Dental trauma from accidents, spots injuries, etc. to the jaw can lead to bruising, swelling, and pain.

Dental Problems

Problems affecting your teeth can spread to affect your jawbone and lead to jaw pain or soreness. This includes gum disease, cavities or abscesses.

Osteomyelitis

This is bacterial infection of the bone and can affects your jawbone resulting in jaw pain, fever, and facial swelling. Fortunately, this can be cured with a series of antibiotics.

Symptoms

Common symptoms associated with jaw pain include,

Treatments

Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can help reduce discomfort.

Heat or ice pack application for 10 minutes can help relax overactive jaw muscles and relieve some pain.

Massaging the sore areas, neck, and the TMJ can also provide some temporary immediate relief.

Stress Reduction: if you find yourself chronically stressed, try to incorporate stress-relief into your daily life.

Avoid tough and chewy foods: Excessive use of jaw muscles through eating/chewing chewy, tough, or crunchy foods can also strain your TMJ and lead to pain.

Mouth guard: If the cause of your jaw pain is diagnosed to be from clenching or grinding of your teeth, then your dentist may recommend getting a custom-fitted mouthguard made.

Muscle relaxants: Your dentist may prescribe muscle relaxers to try to relieve muscle tension in the jaw.

Antibiotics: If the pain is a result from a bacterial infection, then your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to combat the infection and aid in healing.

Orthodontic treatment: If malocclusion or teeth misalignment is the cause of your jaw pain then your dentist may need to build crowns or use Invisalign to re-align your teeth.

Botox Injections: In more severe cases where the jaw muscles are chronically clenched, Botox injections may be injected into the jaw muscles as an invasive relaxant. Make an appointment with My Emergency Dentist to consider your options – the staff are happy to help.

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