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Do you suffer from chronic migraines or headaches? Sore or aching neck muscles? Pain or tenderness around your jaw joint? Do you have constant aching teeth? Do you need to see your chiropractor or physiotherapist regularly because of your head and neck pain?

Orofacial pain are highly prevalent and debilitating condition involving the head and neck region. Some patients might have constant toothache that are not decayed or infected.  Our dentists will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and facial muscles to identify the cause of problem. X-rays, temperature or pressure test might also be required to provide the correct diagnoses.

One of the most common orofacial pain is called TMJ Disorders ( TMD), which affect about 7 in 10 people some time in their lives. It is not always easy to identify the single cause of a TMD because different factors might contribute to some degree of the disorder.

Symptoms of TMD:

  • Clenching or grinding leading to wearing of teeth
  • Toothache
  • Headaches, migraines, neck and shoulder muscles pain
  • Limited jaw movement
  • Locked jaw
  • Clicking or grating noises when open or close mouth
  • Earache


Some of the factors that aggravate include:

  • Clenching or grinding
  • Missing teeth
  • Emotional or physical stress
  • Habits
  • Injuries of the TMJ: fractures or dislocation
  • Arthritis
  • Hypermobility of joints

If our dentists suspect that you have a TMD issue, we might recommend multiple methods to help with the symptoms. For example, we might suggest having a custom made occlusal splint to take the pressure off your TMJ and protect your teeth. In addition, our dentists will go through various relaxation methods and exercises to help prevent excessive and extreme jaw movement, such as chewing hard food. In some cases, we may refer you to a physiotherapist for massage and muscle stretching.

If symptoms and pain are severe, we may refer you to a specialist. Surgery is rarely required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept all health funds?

We accept all health funds.  Please bring your private health insurance card on the day for payment. We are also preferred providers for Bupa, Medibank and HCF. Patients associated with health funds can take advantage of the rebate which means less money out of your pocket. We also accept the Department of Veterans Affairs and Child dental benefit scheme.

How can I pay?

We accept cash, direct deposit, Visa or Mastercards, american express, EFTOPS.

Do you accept new patients?

We welcome new patients to join our Allenby Gardens Dental family. We look forward to meeting you and looking after you, we’ll also extend our welcome and service to your wider circle of family and friends.

What does my first appointment involve?

Please arrive 10 mins earlier to fill in our new patient medical and dental history form, so that we can gather all the information before discussing with our dentist your chief concerns, which we will aim to address first. If time permits, our dentists will perform a thorough exam of your teeth and take some X-rays to make sure we identify all issues in regards to your oral health. We will then provide you with insights about your teeth and oral hygiene, and if required – discuss possible personalised treatment options with you, providing detailed explanations using visuals from photos and X-rays. We don’t just look after you today but we also plan with you for the next 10 years.

How often should I come in for a check up?

At Allenby Gardens Dental, we recommend our patients to come back twice a year to have a regular check up and clean. This can help us to identify problems early and treat the issue when it is easy to manage. It is also important to maintain the healthiness of your teeth and gum.

At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?

We recommend parents to bring their child in for their first visit when their first tooth has come through. This will allow the kid to get used to the dental environment and enjoy a ride in the chair. Our goal is to establish a comfortable and pleasant experience for the child and establish a good impression from a young age, so that we can help guide them towards looking after their oral hygiene together.