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What is Orofacial Pain?

Chapter: Treatments to Alleviate Pain

Your dentist has a variety of treatments that can help alleviate your orofacial pain. One device is called an orthotic, or splint, that is worn over the teeth until the bite can be stabilized. Permanent correction may require reshaping teeth, building crowns, orthodontics or a permanent appliance for the mouth. Your dentist might also recommend physical therapy, counseling, relaxation training or massage therapy.


Other ways to alleviate the pain include:


  • Place an ice pack on the painful area for 10 minutes, three or four times per day.
  • Eat softer foods and avoid chewing gum or ice.
  • Cut food into smaller pieces.
  • Keep upper and lower teeth slightly apart, except when chewing or swallowing. Keeping your tongue between your teeth may help with this.
  • Sleep on your back.
  • Don't rest your hand on your chin. When talking on the phone, don't rest the receiver on your shoulder.

Updated: November 2008