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.
What causes facial pain?
Facial pain is caused by countless problems. Some of the more common causes include:
-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.
South Orange Family Dentistry is a practice that is well qualified to diagnose and treat Orofacial Pain.
Call our office located in South Orange, NJ at (973) 763-1161 to schedule an appointment!