Treatment For Orofacial Pain In South Orange, NJ
Orofacial pain takes a toll on your quality of life. Chewing, eating and speaking become more difficult, and a throbbing face puts anyone in a bad mood. The key to treatment is narrowing down the cause of your pain and pinpointing the exact problem. Facial pain can be described as dull and throbbing or sharp and stabbing. Luckily, with help from your South Orange, NJ dentist, you can understand and beat facial pain, getting back to a pain-free life.
Dr. Fariba Farrokhi DMD, MAGD is well qualified and highly experienced to treat both orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders. Dr. Farrokhi completed her residency program at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, where she has been a member of Restorative and TMD/Orofacial pain departments since 2007. She was also later appointed to be the Associate Director of Temporomandibular Disorders/Orofacial Pain at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in 2016. In 2020, Dr. Farrokhi completed a three-year Master's program in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine from University of Southern California.
What Causes Facial Pain?
Facial pain is caused by countless problems. Some of the more common causes include:
- Abscessed tooth
- Infection of the sinus
- TMD, or temporomandibular joint, disorder
- Trigeminal Neuralgia (nerve damage)
How Is Facial Pain Treated?After determining what is causing your facial pain, our staff at South Orange Family Dentistry will provide a treatment plan. At-home care may be beneficial for mild cases. Over-the-counter medication such as Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen may be prescribed to the relieve pain. If your pain is severe or does not go away, more involved treatment may be necessary. If facial pain is accompanied by neck, chest, shoulder or arm pain, seeking immediate medical attention could be your best option as these symptoms could be signs of a heart attack.
If an abscessed tooth is the root of your facial pain, we will recommend appropriate treatment. TMD disorder requires a complete evaluation and then appropriate treatment would be recommended to relieve your pain. Sinus infections causing facial pain may need a referral to an ENT.