Jaw pain is a common problem that has many causes. Pain around the jaw can be a result of too much chewing, grinding your teeth, and even stress. For some, it’s a once-in-a-while issue but for others, the problem can be a chronic condition that hinders your ability to speak and eat. The good news is there is a number of non-medical ways to alleviate discomfort.
At Pure Smiles, we offer various non-invasive treatments for jaw joint pain. We’re a friendly practice in Fulham that offers private and NHS care, and we always welcome new patients. Our dentists generally suggest lifestyle changes first and then monitor your teeth. But, there are also several self-massaging techniques to help manage your jaw pain as and when.
To perform the kneading massage, first, locate the masseter muscle on the lower part of your jaw. It’s just below your cheekbone and behind your molars. Then take your fingers and touch the corners of your mouth, and work back toward your ear. Once you reach a flat plane of bone, massage this area in a circular motion. This warms the muscles by increasing blood flow to the area, which can ease your discomfort. Also, when you stimulate this muscle, you are improving your lymphatic system which helps the body get rid of waste and toxins. Keep massaging your jaw until you find some relief.
Rather than pressing your fingers in a circular motion, friction massage involves applying gentle pressure to one area. This massage works well on the mandible muscle, found below the masseter muscle along your jaw line. Use two fingers to apply consistent pressure to this area. But be careful with the amount of pressure as you don’t want to make the pain in your jaw worse.
Mobilise the joint
You may find relief while moving the joint as well as massaging your jaw muscle. Take your fingers again on the masseter muscle. This time, however, open and close your mouth several times as you apply the pressure. If your muscles are feeling tense, this method can help to loosen up the joint.
These self-massaging techniques can be very effective, but if the pain around your jaw doesn’t go away, please book an appointment with Pure Smiles. If necessary, your dentist will provide you with painkillers and antibiotics to help reduce the pain. Often, jaw pain is caused by dental problems such as broken teeth, periodontal disease and recent dental fillings. Our dentists will be able to determine the cause.
Our dental practices can be found in Fulham Road and New Kings Road. We can offer you treatments such as mouth guards if you suffer from bruxism. Your dentist will be able to determine the best course of action to help get you smiling comfortably again. If you have any other concerns about your oral health, we offer hygiene services, dental implants and other treatments. Pure Smiles is here to help.