Orofacial pain, or pain of the jaw, mouth, and face, is an extremely common condition with many potential causes. However, it is estimated that roughly 95 percent of all cases of orofacial pain are caused by dental issues (such as toothaches). There are several other potential causes of orofacial pain, including sleep disorders, trauma, cervicalgia (neck pain), neurovascular disorders (migraines), and conditions involving pain or dysfunction of the jaw joints (temporomandibular disorders or TMDs). In some cases, symptoms will develop gradually over time, while in other cases, the onset of symptoms will be quite rapid. Because the term is so broad, those who experience symptoms will need to be diagnosed by a medical professional. We at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches have extensive experience working closely alongside those experiencing orofacial pain, and we understand the importance of a proper and comprehensive diagnosis – as well as a unique and personalized plan of recovery.
Symptoms of Orofacial Pain
Because the causes of orofacial pain are so broad, the symptoms range greatly. Symptoms may include (but are certainly not limited to):
- Tinnitus (ringing of the ears)
- A lack of muscular coordination
- Burning sensations within the face
- Sharp, shooting pain
- Abnormal itching
- Tinging in the head or neck
Treatment for Orofacial Pain
Because jaw and mouth pain can have such a wide variety of causes, treatment methods will vary significantly on a case-by-case basis. When diagnosing orofacial pain, a careful examination of the mouth, head, and neck should be conducted. Doctors will check for jaw dysfunction, which is often characterized by abnormal clicks and pops. If a temporomandibular disorder is suspected, a patient may be referred out to a specialist. Otherwise, pain will typically be treated with a combination of pharmaceuticals and other conservative treatment methods.
How Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches Heals Orofacial Pain
We at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches treat most cases of orofacial pain with a combination of non-invasive methods, ranging from pharmaceuticals to massage and acupuncture. Depending on how severe your specific symptoms are, we will develop a treatment plan that best suits your specific needs.
If you are suffering from orofacial pain (pain of the jaw and mouth), we can help. Call (561) 434-7577 and let the caring staff at Comprehensive Pain of the Palm Beaches get you on the path to healing.