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Finding a Remedy for Orofacial Pain Could Be as Simple as Calling Us
Posted on 5/29/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Finding a Remedy for Orofacial Pain Could Be as Simple as Calling Us
Before we answer this question, we should probably define orofacial pain. Orofacial pain is pain that is felt in the head and/or neck region. There are many causes of orofacial pain and the type of pain you may feel is quite diverse. You could just have headaches, earaches, tooth pain or neck pain, but you could also feel sensations like stabbing pain or burning pain. You could even experience jaw pain. All of these things come under the umbrella of orofacial pain.
If you have this type of pain it may be accompanied by other symptoms. These would include ringing of the ears, dizziness, itching that you can't explain, or tingling feelings in your head or neck area. Orofacial pain could have a vascular, skeletal or nerve source.

So What Do I Do?


The good news is that many of the more common causes of orofacial pain are dental related and may be able to be treated by us. Some of the causes of orofacial pain are Temporomandibular Joint disorder (TMJ), Burning mouth syndrome, sleep disorders, and some traumas. There are other causes of this type of pain, but the other causes are best treated by your physician.
We are experienced in treating temporomandibular joint pain. This a rather common condition and also one of the common causes of orofacial pain. Temporomandibular joint disorder goes hand in hand with sleep disorders. Sleep disorders are commonly expressed by grinding or clenching your teeth as you sleep. They are also closely related to snoring or sleep apnea, two symptoms which are typically the tip-off that you have a problem.
These conditions can be treated by creating a mouth guard, custom fit for your teeth and mouth, that you wear at night. This prevents side to side movement and though it doesn't prevent clenching your teeth, it does absorb the stress you put on your teeth and jaws by clenching.
If you have burning mouth syndrome, we may be able to help, depending on the cause. If we can't help, we should at least be able to rule out some of the causes for burning mouth syndrome. Fixing it may be as simple as changing a medication, but it can also be an indicator that you have diabetes or a fungal infection. It also can relate to decreased saliva production.
If you have pain in your facial region call us. We may be able to help you, but if we can't, we can let your physician know what we have been able to rule out as a cause. That will help your doctor find the cause more quickly.
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