Head and neck irritation can range from simple headaches to incapacitating pain. It can be difficult to target facial pain as it can take the knowledge of many different specialties to do so. Facial pain may come from ear infections, abscessed teeth, jaw muscle spasms, TMJ disorders, facial nerves, sinusitis or tumors. The trigeminal nerve can be injured by fractures on the face or simply by the extraction of a lower tooth. Also this nerve may heal negatively which will create severe facial pain.
Myofascial Pain Disfunction (MPD) and TMJ Disorders
Sore facial muscles, difficulty in opening the mouth, and repeated headaches are common to both MPD and TMJ. Despite this fact the two disorders are treated differently. MPD is usually treated by physical therapy while TMJ treatment typically involves the combination of medication, oral splints and physical therapy. On occasion arthroscopy or surgery will be required for patients who are not advancing with the non-surgical methods of treatment.
A disorder that disturbs nerves of sensation, not movement – It causes an intense facial pain that can best be described as electric-type. An intense and sharp pain may be exasperated by a light touch of a certain spot on the face or mouth. Treatment may include both medication and surgery.
Trigeminal Nerve Injury
An injured trigeminal nerve can heal negatively. This can create an impulsive and severe amount of facial pain and discomfort. The injured nerve can often be repaired medically and/or surgically. In nearly all cases the pain can be minimized to a fair and tolerable amount or defeated.
Sinusitis and other sources of inflammation will broadcast pain to the face. Most inflammations are controlled through the use of antibiotics and decongestants. Some repeating conditions, like sinusitis may call for surgery in order to stimulate drainage and ultimately remove the source of infection.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or conditions, please contact the caring staff at Utah Oral Surgeons today to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons. Oral surgeons are uniquely qualified to identify and treat the disorders that lead to these various types of facial pain and discomfort.