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Jaw and Facial Pain Treatment at KR Dental

Grinding Your Teeth?

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Approach To A Jaw and Facial Pain Treatment at KR Dental

During your biyearly checkups, one of our dentists will evaluate your mouth, teeth and jaw for any indications of teeth grinding. This evaluation ensures you will get any necessary treatment for these conditions straightaway so that you can avoid potentially more complex oral health issues in the future.

What Is Teeth Grinding?

Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding typically occurs during sleep and can involve excessive clenching of the jaw. Teeth grinding can be caused by the following: stress, anxiety, crooked teeth, missing teeth or sleep apnoea .

This clenching can cause a broad array of health issues and discomfort, including the following:

  •  Pain in the teeth and jaw
  •  Increased sensitivity
  •  Clicking or popping of the jaw
  •  Orofacial pain
  •  Headaches
  •  Neck pain
  •  Migraines

If not addressed, teeth grinding can lead to severe wear and tear on the teeth, including potential breakages and cracks.

Facial Pain

Facial pain has a number of causes including trigeminal neuralgia (facial nerve pain), sinus infections, headaches, injury to the face, TMJD, an abscessed tooth and more. Sandy can determine the cause of your facial pain and provide customised treatment to help you feel better quickly. Treatment could include exercises, over-the-counter medication, splint therapy or other solutions.

How We Treat Teeth Grinding

Dentist Dr Sandy Iyer has completed a mini-residency on temporomandibular health and sleep disorders. She will determine if you have TMJD and decide on the best course of treatment. This therapy could include a custom-fitted splint or more specialised splint therapy. She will monitor your case over a six-month period and adjust your bite if needed. By training your joint to relax with splint therapy and calibrating your biting pressure points, the strain to your TMJ can be significantly reduced.

Treatment Options for TMJ Pain

Since treatment is dependent upon the cause of TMJ pain, it can sometimes take a trial of differing therapies to find the best solution for the individual. Wearing a bite splint, adjusting the alignment of teeth or applying muscle relaxing injectables can ease discomfort in a majority of cases. Moist heat, massage and physical therapy can also be extremely helpful. While most people respond well to these therapies, approximately 12% of individuals may require more specialised care or surgery.

TMJ Disorder and Pain

There are typically two reasons behind the painful condition we know as TMJ Disorder. The first is muscular related, being that many of the facial muscles attach at some point to the jaw. The second is disc related, as there is a disc that buffers the mandible (lower jaw) to the base of the skull. When a disc is worn down, slips out of place or experiences some type of physical erosion, it can lead to joint disorder.

Symptoms of TMJ disorder can include popping, clicking, limited range of motion, earaches, headaches and tooth wear.

Multiple factors can cause TMJ pain. From chewing ice or a stressful job to sleep apnea or family problems, many outside factors can contribute to jaw pain. Past traumatic injuries could also be to blame. Sometimes rest is all that’s needed. But if you’re consistently relying on pain relievers or have to alter your diet, you could have a clinical joint disorder.

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Are you suffering from teeth grinding or facial pain? We want to help. It’s vital you treat these concerns now to prevent them from negatively impacting your health any further. Contact our Kippa-Ring practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr Sandy!

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Dr Nipuni Thilakaratne and her assistant were fabulous. So gentle, kind and patient. The best experience I have had at a Dentist in many years. I would recommend this Dental Practice to anyone.


My very first dental experience. At the front desk Janet worked magic very pleasant and over welcoming. Heather also pleasant. Dr Erin Partridge did wonders to my teeth im very happy with. Margaret Butterfield as the assistant made it very comfortable for me thank you all soo much. You deserve a 10 star rating


Dr. Nipuni is the finest dentist I have taken treatments from. She is very professional, kind, flexible and gentle. In my recent treatment, Dr. Nipuni spent her valuable time lavishly in listening / comforting me, explaining the procedures, advising how to followup with the post treatment care. Most importantly, I didn't feel any pain during her caring treatments. 😄😄😄 I would highly recommend her and the KR dental to my friends and any patient needing gentle dental care.