St. Charles, IL Facial Pain
Orofacial pain includes a number of clinical problems involving the chewing muscles or temporomandibular joint. Problems involving facial pain can include temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort, muscle spasms in the head, neck and jaw, cluster or frequent headaches, or pain with the teeth, face or jaw. If you have an unstable bite, missing teeth or poorly aligned teeth you can experience pain and discomfort because your muscles are working harder to bring your teeth together than normal, which causes strain. Pain can even be a symptom of grinding or clenching your teeth (bruxism), trauma to the head and neck, or poor genetics.
Your dentist provides an array of treatments to help alleviate your orofacial pain, including the use of an oral device called an orthotic, or splint, that is worn over the teeth until your bite can be stabilized. While this treatment may be temporary, your dentist may also recommend permanent correction through reshaping of your teeth, building crowns, orthodontics or a permanent appliance for your mouth. Physical therapy, counseling, relaxation training or massage therapy may also be an option for your oral health improvement.
Your dentist is specially trained to maintain and correct your bite to ensure optimal oral health. With a thorough medical and dental history, your dentist can determine if any trauma has occurred in the facial area, as well as perform a physical examination to examine your temporomandibular join, head and neck.
If you are suffering from headaches or jaw pain, visit your dentist today for further diagnosis and treatment of your pain.