Diseases of the Jaw
Jaw and facial pain is a common problem affecting millions of people worldwide.
It causes many treatment challenges in the healthcare community when it comes to diagnosis and treatment.
Jawbone infection, also called dental abscess, occurs when dental cavities remain untreated and the tooth pulp becomes infected due to bacteria build-up.
If ignored, this can spread to the jaw and cause even worse health problems.
Symptoms may include:
- mouth or jaw pain
- pus drain on the area
If you have any of these symptoms, contact your Preston dentist immediately. Immediate treatment involves the removal of the source of infection, usually by root canal treatment.
Antibiotics may be useful in serious cases but are rarely needed for tooth infections. Sometimes, a tooth may need to be removed.
Temporomandibular joint disorder
Temporomandibular joint disorders are another common type of jaw-related illness. Damage occurs to the TMJ when cartilage slips out of position.
You might have a hard time opening your mouth very wide without pain or clicking noises.
Usually, this is the result of clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth over a long time, usually at night. Particular injuries or arthritis can also cause direct damage to the joint.
TMJ disorders can cause facial pain, severe headaches, dizziness, and neck and backaches.
You may be at risk of a TMJ disorder if you:
- wake up with sore/stiff muscles around your jaw and neck
- experience frequent pain on the head, neck and back
- clench your jaw
- have a difficult time opening your mouth wide to eat or yawn
- have arthritis
- or have sensitive or broken teeth
TMJ disorders are also associated with disturbed sleep patterns and difficulty breathing at night or obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).
Treatment for TMJ disorders will vary greatly, depending on your level of discomfort and the root cause. It is best to consult your Preston dentist, who will examine you and suggest the best form of treatment for you.
Osteonecrosis of the jaw occurs when the jawbone has an obstruction in its blood supply. This may happen after tooth extraction or loss.
Risk of osteonecrosis is higher when there is previous damage to the bone, such as during radiation therapy or after specific osteoporosis treatment. Consult your Preston dentist, who will be glad to discuss therapeutic options with you.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks of jaw diseases. Before proceeding with any surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from a qualified health practitioner.
Dental Care at Preston Supreme Dental
At Preston Supreme Dental, we assure you of safe and effective dental and jaw care. We provide customised treatments tailored just for you!
Visit your Preston dentist today!
GAP FREE – General Check-up, Scale and Clean, X-rays, and Fluoride treatment (with any health insurance) for new patients
Call us on (03) 9478 7708 or visit us at 243 Murray Road in Preston.
- Same day emergency appointments are available upon request
- All insurances are accepted with HICAPS. As a preferred provider for NIB, CBHS and HCF
We are located across Woolworths Supermarket and beside Preston Market
Easily accessible via public transportation (bus stop within walking distance)