Orofacial Pain Management at Donvale Dentist Clinic Orofacial pain is an indicator of various underlying causes that require treatment beyond simple alleviation of pain with medication. Know about orofacial pain, its management and treatment at Donvale dentist clinic Causes of orofacial pain It is easy to assume that orofacial pain is primarily due to dental caries, pulpitis and abscess, which indeed could be true in majority of cases. However, there are other causes as well. Bad body posture, surprising as it may seem, may lead to such pain. Another common reason is problems with the temporomandibular joint. Temporomandibular disorders may cause jaw dysfunction and pain and it is also related to fibromyalgia and headaches. Inflammation of this joint can lead to severe pain. One type of orofacial pain is characterized by a burning mouth syndrome in which patients usually feel a burning sensation at the tip of the tongue. It is a chronic neuropathic condition and dental issues may be at the root. In short, the reason for orofacial pain may be dental or otherwise and it needs a dentist with advanced training to identify the root cause. Holistic dentists at Donvale dentist clinic have this training and knowledge to diagnose orofacial pain with a high degree of accuracy. Treatment may provide palliative relief and amelioration of symptoms or a surgery may be indicated depending on the condition. Abscessed tooth and caries If orofacial pain is due to an abscessed tooth and infected pulp then the procedure involves a root canal to disinfect the pulp tissue and remove decayed tissue and also to introduce antibiotics to sterilize tubules. This may be followed by filling and capping. Temporomandibular joint This is more complex and needs better understanding of the exact situation based on which an orofacial pain management strategy is developed by dentists at Donvale dentist clinic. Your sleeping habits, how you sit, posture and head-neck come under scrutiny in order to arrive at an assessment. If the condition is not severe then patients may wear a mouth orthotic that takes the load off the temporomandibular joint and provides relief. Severe conditions may be caused by dislocated or displaced disc in the joint and that chances tone and function of the associated muscle. In such cases your dentist Donvale may call in a multi-disciplinary team and recommend various therapeutic procedures along with surgery, if it is indicated. Before surgery is considered your dentist will advise holistic remedies such as stress reduction and home care to bring relief, Patients may be advised to eat soft foods and control movement of their mouth as well as use cold and hot compresses. Coupled with various exercises, this therapy holistically helps patients manage pain in a better way. Acute pain may be managed with the help of anti-inflammatory analgesics and injection of corticosteroids. The difference, when you visit holistic Donvale dentist clinic, is that all possible measures are taken for therapeutic management before proceeding with more drastic measures as a last step. This means you save costs and learn to better manage pain, especially if it is rooted in TMJ.