Jaw Pain Information

Throbbing and Uncomfortable Pain?
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Jaw pain is often described as a throbbing, uncomfortable pain and can occur on one side or both sides.

Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) can include a variety of symptoms and problems such as jaw pain, headaches, neck aches, facial pain, cracked and sensitive teeth, ringing in the ears.

In addition to pain, jaw problems often make a clicking or popping sound when opening the mouth or chewing. In severe cases, this can even cause the jaw to become permanently stuck in an open or closed position.

We are dedicated to fully comprehending your issues and discomfort at Dental Specialists Turramurra, as the most effective treatment of TMD only comes when there is a complete picture of your symptoms and history.

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Home Care Advice for Jaw Muscle Strain and Jaw Joint Dysfunction

In the same way as your legs become sore after you run a marathon, the muscles and joints of your jaw can also become sore if they are overworked.  The following advice will help your jaw muscles and joints to heal and restore comfort and function.  The time taken to gain symptom resolution and comfort will depend largely on how closely you follow this advice.

1. Rest for your muscles and joints

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2. Reduce your stress levels

3. Use hot packs on your sore jaw muscles

The best type of heat is moist heat.  Place a wet face washer in the microwave for 30 sec until hot.  Roll it up and wrap it under and around your jaw in a “U” shape stretching from one temple to the other.  Use small round circles to massage the heat into the painful areas.  Do this twice a day for 20 minutes, more often if possible.

4. Correct your posture

Most people spend all their time with a forward head posture.  It places excessive strain on your neck and may lead to pain.  If the head is held forwards, pain can be projected to the jaw and also result in headaches.  If you are sitting still for long periods of time at a desk or a computer or whilst driving, stretch your neck at least every 15 minutes.  Rotate your shoulders and do “chin tucks” to straighten your cervical spine.

5. Take Medication as prescribed

6. Perform any physiotherapeutic jaw exercises as prescribed

If you are given jaw exercises, please perform them as per instruction sheets.

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