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Located in the heart of Melbourne, Collins Precision Dental is a team of highly skilled and dedicated dental experts that use a wide range of techniques to tend to various teeth conditions and concerns. We offer a number of services and treatments to ensure you are smiling with ease all day long.

Jaw pain is often referred to as a throbbing or uncomfortable pain felt in the jaw area. This sort of pain can happen at any time and should not be left untreated for an extended period of time.

At our Melbourne office, we meet a lot of clients who experience jaw pain so you are not alone! If you are experiencing any jaw discomfort, our dental office is conveniently located on Collins Street in Melbourne’s Central Business District and our team is ready to help. Find a jaw pain treatment option that’s right for you.

CAUSES OF JAW PAIN

Jaw pain can be caused by a number of factors and they mostly relate to physical injury, nerve problems or blood vessel problems. The main causes of jaw pain can be attributed to:

1. Osteomyelitis
Osteomyelitis can be described as an infection that travels through your blood stream and affects your bones and surrounding tissues. When osteomyelitis occurs in the jaw, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is impacted. This impact ultimately leads to jaw pain and sometimes a fever or facial swelling as well.

2. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
When pain occurs in the TMJ, it is no surprise that jaw pain is prevalent. Not only will this cause you to feel pain but clicking sounds may also occur when you open and close your mouth.

3. Abscessed teeth
The dental pulp is the inner part of a tooth that is made up of soft tissues. When the pulp becomes infected, it results in an abscessed tooth. This usually occurs when you have a cavity that has been left untreated for a long period of time. When the bacteria from the cavity spreads from to the tooth to surrounding bone tissues, significant jaw pain occurs.

4. Dental conditions
Dental conditions such as gum disease and cavities can be one of the reasons why you are experiencing jaw pain. Although the pain from these conditions don’t directly affect the jaw, it can ultimately spread into the jaw area.

5. Teeth grinding
Not only is excessive teeth grinding or clenching one of the main causes of jaw pain but it can also cause major damage to your teeth. Many people grind their teeth when they are stressed whilst some are completely unaware that they do it when they are sleeping. If this habit is left untreated, it can lead to other dental problems.

SYMPTOMS OF JAW PAIN

If you are experiencing any one or more of the following symptoms, we recommend you seek advice from one of our dental experts:

• Facial pain
• Tenderness of joints and muscles
• Limited range of jaw motion
• Clicking or popping sounds that occur in the jaw
• Ringing in the ears
• Jaw locking
• Facial swelling
• Tension headaches

It also important to note that, depending on the main cause of the pain, different symptoms may be present.

DIAGNOSIS OF JAW PAIN

Due to the varying ways that jaw pain can occur, it is often difficult to identify whether your jaw pain is a result of a jaw issue or if it is because of something else. To further diagnose your pain, we may

• Conduct a physical exam on your jaw, mouth and nerves
• Review your medical and pain history
• Conduct an X-Ray
• Do a psychological screening

If one of our experts believe that the main cause of the pain is because of a particular disease, we may offer an alternative diagnosis procedure.

JAW PAIN TREATMENT

Depending on the main cause of you jaw pain, we may treat it a number of different ways.

METHODS OF RELIEF

Orthodontics
This method can help correct your bite and relieve the pain in your jaw.

Occlusal equilibration
This method involves reshaping the bite of your teeth to ensure that no individual tooth is experiencing too much stress or pressure.

Dental appliances
By using dental appliances, your bite can be corrected to reduce any jaw pain you may be experiencing.

AT-HOME JAW PAIN TREATMENT

For immediate relief, there a number of things you can do to temporarily alleviate your jaw pain at home. These include:

Applying a cold or heat pack
By applying a cold or heat pack to the affected area for around 10 minutes, it can relax the jaw muscles and relieve the pain

Gently massaging the affected area
To do this, you can use your index and middle finger to press into the affected areas of the jaw. By rubbing in a circular motion, and opening and closing your mouth, you can help relieve the tension in your jaw.

Taking anti-inflammatory medication
Medication can help temporarily reduce any jaw discomfort you may be feeling.

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Don’t wait – speak to one of our highly-trained dentists today to find out how we can help you with your jaw pain treatment. We’re happy to assist you with any questions that you may have.

 

For more information on our jaw pain treatment or any of our services and treatments in general, please do not hesitate to contact us on (03) 9564 5705 or visit us at our Melbourne dentist clinic located on Collins Street.