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JOINT PAIN

Jaw Joint Pain and a clicking Jaw are known as Temporomandibular Dysfunction Syndrome. The Temporomandibular joint acts as a hinge that connects the jaw to the temporal bones of the skull. It is responsible for facilitating jaw movement when you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Suffers endure clicking jaw joints in front of the ears. Sometimes the jaws can lock which can be painful. TMJ disorders can range from mild to extremely uncomfortable.

Causes of Joint Pain

While there is no definite conclusion as to the causes of TMD, dental professionals believe that joint pain can be caused damaged or dysfunctional muscles of the jaw or the temporomandibular joint itself. Damage to the muscles and joint can be caused by any of the following:

  • Grinding or clenching the teeth which puts excessive pressure on the joint.
  • Damage or movement of the disc in the joint.
  • Arthritis of the joint.
  • Stress which can cause a person to tighten the facial muscles and clench the teeth.
  • An injury or accident like a heavy blow to the jaw or temple.

Symptoms of TMD associated with Joint Pain.

Generally, TMD causes pain and discomfort. This condition can be temporary and last for a short time, in other cases, it can last for many years. TMD can affect one or both sides of the face. Statistically, the number of women who present with TMD is higher than men. TMD can affect any age, but it is most common in people between 20 and 40 years of age.

The often symptoms associated with TMD include:

  • Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide.
  • Jaws locking in the open- or closed-mouthposition.
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw when you open or close your mouth or chew.
  • A tired feeling, tightening sensation or discomfort in your face.
  • Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite — as if the upper and lower teeth are not aligned properly.
  • Swelling on the side of your face.

If you experience any of these symptoms, we strongly that you contact us to arrange for an examination appointment so that we can diagnose the condition and plan the appropriate treatment.

Diagnosing TMD and Joint Pain.

At Blue Spa Dental, we conduct a full examination, not only of the jaw and facial muscles but also a dental examination to assess the health of your teeth. This is because some dental problems can cause symptoms similar to those experienced in TMD cases. For example, tooth decay, sinus problems, arthritis and gum disease can cause similar symptoms. Therefore, it is important to examine all possible causes to rule out unlikely issues and identify the underlying condition.

The diagnosis starts with attending at our clinics for an appointment where our dentists ask about your health history including dental and oral procedures you had performed on your teeth, gum or jaw. The dentist will check your jaw joints for any tenderness or pain and listen and try to feel any clicking, popping or grating sounds in the joint. He or she will ask you to open your mouth wide and close your mouth and in varying speeds and sudden motion and will check for locking of the jaw. In addition, they will test your bite, jaw alignment as well as check your facial muscles.

Your dentist may also take x-rays of the full face so he or she can have a more in depth look at your jaw and teeth to rule out unlikely causes. Other imaging may also be taken like MRI and CT scans which provides for better view of the jaw joint bone and disc details.

You may be seen by our one of our maxillofacial surgeons if needed to provide an assessment from a specialised or surgical diagnosis.

Treating TMD and Joint Pain.

There are a number of treatments available to deal with jaw joint pain problems. Our dentists will discuss your treatment options with you and proceed to subscribe the most appropriate treatment depending on the severity of the joint pain you are experiencing. Treatments include:

  • Medication: There are available medications that can help in pain relief and reduce the joint swelling. In addition, medication can subscribed relax the jaw to minimise grinding the teeth and, in some cases, the dentist ay recommend stress relief and anti-anxiety drugs as stress can cause clenching on the jaw.
  • Night Guard or Splint: A plastic appliance — mouthpiece — that fits over the upper and lower teeth to prevent touching, grinding or clenching. They are also designed to correct the positioning and alignment of your jaw. A night guard is used at night while you sleep while a splint is worn all the time.
  • Dental Procedures: Your dentist may identify that misalignment may be caused by missing teeth. He or she may replace missing teeth with crowns or bridges or use braces or other orthodontic options to correct your bite.

Depending on the effectiveness and results of these treatments, a dentist, after examining the results may recommend further treatments including electrical nerve stimulation, deep heat applied to the joint, pain medication injected directly into the facial muscles and low level laser therapy to help lower the inflammation.

In addition, Jaw Joint Surgery can be performed if TMD is caused by structural problems in the joint. However, it is recommended that surgery be avoided as it is invasive and should be considered only in special cases and after a series of assessments and trials of other treatment methods.

Knowledge of TMD and Joint Pain.

Statistics show that the majority of patients become aware of the dental and facial problem aspects to jaw joint pain, feeling fatigue and experiencing headaches only after they are referred by their general practitioner to a dentist or maxillofacial surgeon. Therefore, the majority of patients we treat were in fact advised to see us by their doctors after presenting with jaw joint pain and possible TMD. If you suffer from pain around the jaw joint, ears and often experience headaches, it is wise to contact us to make an appointment so that we can assess your condition and treat any joint problems that you may have and help you regain function in a pain free fashion.

BLUE SPA DENTAL SERVICES

Dental and Oral Examination is core to our dentistry practice as it allows us to diagnose any problems in its early stages and perform whatever dental procedures required to treat the issue. At the same time, a dental examination allows us to tailor a regular periodical check to ensure that your teeth and mouth remain in good health. Blue Spa dental are the first choice when it comes general dentists for families around Melbourne and surrounding suburbs.. Find more about Blue Spa General Dentistry..
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Invisalign is a teeth straightening appliance that offers an alternative to teeth correction to those who are considering braces but prefer a solution that is not visible. Think of Invialign as invisible braces. In that, others will not even recognise that you are wearing a teeth straightening appliance. Invisalign has become increasingly popular because of its minimal impact on the patient’s appearence.. Basically, it is becoming more popular because of the positive cosmetic elements it offers. There is now am alternative solution for those who avoided obvious dental braces.. Blue Spa is an Invisalign provider. We have treated a large number of patients with this dental technology are therefore experts at the process of effectively fitting Invisalign to restore your radiant natural smile.. Find more about this amazing treatment..
Teeth Whitening is a procedure that is aimed at restoring the natural colour of your teeth. Cases of teeth discolouration vary. Some patients present with even discolouration where all teeth are affected while others present with stained teeth in particular areas or spots. In all cases, proper application and performance of teeth whitening should achieve even and consistent colour restoration. This relies heavily on the knowledge and skill of the dentist performing the procedure as well as the material used for the treatment. Our dentists use high quality dental teeth whitening materials produced and applied to provide lasting optimal results.. Find more about teeth-whitening at Blue Spa Dental..
Tooth Coloured Fillings present an effective solution to treating cavities and holes in teeth. This form of tooth filling can be produced to match the colour of the original tooth and is therefore unnoticeable. Patients who receive coloured tooth fillings can smile and engage with others with confidence knowing that their fillings are not clearly visible. In addition, Coloured tooth fillings are stronger than older fillings and bond well with the surrounding tooth. We are able to remove old amalgam fillings and replace them with the new tooth coloured fillings at our clinics.. Find more about Tooth Coloured Filling at Blue Spa Dental..
Applying proper oral hygiene is a habit of health while ignoring simple tasks like brushing or flossing can result in serious health problems. We understand that teaching your children can seem like an endless chore, therefore, we are skilled and trained to deal with children in a manner that makes showing them proper hygiene technique fun and enjoyable and we encourage you to visit us with the family and we will ensure that everyone is checked and is well informed.. Find more about Oral Hygiene..
Resin Bonding is a form of Cosmetic Dentistry that aims at restoring the shape of a chipped, broken, fractured, discoloured or stained tooth or teeth. It can also be used to cosmetically repair the shape of a tooth as well as fill gaps between teeth. Blue Spa Dentists have experience and skill in cosmetic dentistry and perform resin bonding prrocedures on patients’ teeth frequently. This treatment is favoured as it provides for a treatment for tooth discolouration, chipped teeth and to close gaps between the teeth quickly and effectively.. Find more about Resin Bonding..
Crowns and Bridges are part of Restorative Dentistry which aims at replacing or restoring missing or damaged teeth. The objective of restorative dentistry is to bring back your natural look and smile and safeguard you against future oral and dental health problems. Our dentists are skilled and experienced dental professionals able to perform crown and bridging procedures with extreme care and commitment to restoring your natural radiant smile.. Find more about Crown and Bridges at Blue Spa Dental..
Porcelain Veneers are fine shells that cover the surface of discoloured, chipped or crooked teeth. Veneers can whiten, straighten and close unwanted gaps in your teeth. Porcelain veneers last for 15 to 20 years and are treated as a permanent cosmetic dental procedure. They can be used for a variety of issues including chipped and cracked teeth as well as to close gaps between the teeth. Blue spa dentists have many years of experience treating patients with porcelain venners and are skilled dentists that you can trust providing you with the best dental treatment option to achieve your goals.. Find more about Porcelain Venner cosmetic dental treatments..
Implants are a stable teeth replacement because they fuse to the jawbone and therefore feel natural. Crowns, dentures and bridges can be easily attached to the sturdy implant bar so the implant looks like a natural tooth. Our dentists perform dental implant surgical and restorative procedures with skill and care. This is a procedure that requires time to complete and our dentists take each dental implant case as a unique procedure for each client respectively. This surgical procedure requires a high level of skill and specialised knowledge. It involves inserting implants into the jawbone structure and fitting artificial tooth fittings onto the implants. It is therefore essential to know and be confident that your dentist is equipped with knowledge, training and skill to perform the procedure that would achieve your goals.. Find more about Dental Implants at Blue Spa Dental..
Gum Lift is exactly what it is described as by name. The idea is to lift the gum line to reveal more of the affected tooth or teeth exposing the full body of the tooth and adding that full radiant smile look that everyone seeks. There are a number of causes for ‘gummy smile’. Now with the introduction of laser surgery technology, we are able to lift and contour the gum line to reveal more of the tooth body and restore your attractive natural smile.. Find more about Gum Lift Laser Surgery procedures at our clinics..
What are wisdom teeth and how can they become such a troubling dental problem that can cause great pain and discomfort..? Wisdom teeth are a thrid set of molars that come in at the back of the jaw where there isn’t enough space for them to grow as a normal noral. They can be trapped in the jawbone or gum or come in at an angle pushing against other teeth causing pain. They can also get inflamed and infected as they are harder to reach with traditional hygiene methods.. Removing Wisdom teeth is a surgical process and it involves preparation, surgical skill and post-surgery care for the healing and recovery process. We perform wisdom teeth extractions at our clinics and are equipped with advanced technology and skill to perform wisdom teeth removal with minimal pain to the patient.. Wisdom teeth extraction at Blue Spa Dental..
People whos gums bleed easily while or after brushing or flossing, have red, swollen or painful gums can be affected by gum disease. Gum disease can be mild and have less affects on the health and function of the patient, however, it can advance to more serious gum disease conditions that can affect the general health of the patient. In fact, the majority of tooth extraction amongst adults can be attributed to gum disease. Gum disease can develop as bacteria that resides in plaque produce acids that attack the gum and bone supporting the teeth. This triggers an inflammatory reaction that causes space to develop between the teeth and gum causing the teeth to become loose and unsteady. The good neas is that gum disease can be treated and, in most cases, your teeth can be saved.. Find more about gum disease and how it is treated at Blue Spa Dental..
Do you know what Temporomandibular Dysfunction Syndrome is..? It is known as TMD amongst dental professionals and is behind jaw joint pain experienced by some patients. Patients who experience pain around the jaw, ears and facial muscle areas could be affected by this condition. There are a number of causes that might trigger TMD. Joint Pain, discomfort and jaw locking or clicking are all symptoms of this condition. Often patients also experience headaches and display signs of tireness, particulary around the facial muscles. Joint pain is treatable and there are a vaialable treatments that can be prescribed and administered onto patients depaneding on the exact diagnosis of the condition. If you suffer from any of the joint pain symptoms illustrated on our website, we strongly recommend that you contact us to make an appointment to have a full examination performed to identify and treat any issues that may be causing you joint pain.. Find more about Joint Pain causes, symptoms and available treatment at Blue Spa Dental..
Root Canal Treatment aims at saving a tooth affected by an infection in the root canal area which contains the dental nerve. Infected teeth are often painful and can affect the over-all function of the affected patients. The symptoms of a tooth infection include sweeling of the face and gum, severe pain when chewing or biting and sesitivity to hot or cold. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you may have an infected tooth that can be treated with root canal treatment.. Find more about root canal treatments at Blue Spa Dental..

JOINT PAIN TREATMENT

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Blue Spa Dentists can diagnose and treat jaw joint pain appropriately and proportionally. This is because our dental professionals are trained practitioners who have extensive experience in treating TMD and Joint Pain in its varying levels of severity. We understand the condition and we do, therefore, understand the pain and discomfort that you may suffer as a result of jaw joint problems and inflammation. We have treated many patients effectively and helped them return to enjoying the full of use of their jaws without pain or discomfort. This lead to reducing and eliminating the headache pain associated with this condition. Feel free to call us and describe your condition. We will give you an honest advice and recommendation as to whether we believe you should arrange an appointment to see one of our dentists or maxillofacial surgeons.

If you are frequently experiencing pain in your facial muscles, jaw and around the ears and headaches you may be experiencing Jaw Joint Pain or TMD which can be treated with a number of available options.. Contact us today to make an appointment on

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