How Your Dentist Can Help Stop Facial Pain
If you’ve been experiencing facial discomfort, odds are good there’s a dental procedure that can offer you relief. Many of the underlying causes of facial pain are due to conditions that can be serious if left untreated. It’s a good idea to see your dentist and discuss treatment plan options so you can avoid complications of untreated conditions and get back to a higher quality of life.
Conditions & Treatments
Abscess - The pain you’re feeling could be the result of an abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pocket of pus inside the tooth which causes a highly painful infection. In addition to pain, an abscessed tooth can cause a bad taste in the mouth, swelling, and redness of the gums. Cracked teeth, cavities, and gum disease can all leave the tooth vulnerable to abscessing. If you suspect you may have an abscessed tooth, contact your dentist immediately. If you do have an abscess, a dental professional will drain and treat the infection, restoring comfort and functionality.
TMJ - The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are vital structures of the jaw that allow movement of your mouth like eating or speaking. Straining of these joints can result in a painful condition known as TMJ dysfunction or simply as TMJ. TMJ can leave sufferers with clicking of the jaw, compromised movement of the mouth, and general discomfort of the entire face. The causes include grinding and clenching of the teeth (bruxism), arthritis, or trauma to the area due to injury. If you’re experiencing symptoms, visit your dentist to discuss a treatment plan and help address the pain associated with TMJ. TMJ therapy often includes physical therapy, a customized guard to absorb the shock of bruxism, or dentist-prescribed pain-relief medications, many of which are available over-the-counter (such as ibuprofen).
Other causes of facial pain include gum disease and cavities, both of which require treatment by a skilled dentist. If you’re experiencing facial pain, it’s crucial to see a dentist to diagnose your case correctly and get you back on the path to enjoying a pain-free life.
At the office of Dr. George Kevorkian, we are committed to treating your unique smile with the care it deserves. Facial pain may have an underlying cause that our office can treat, to see if we can help call and schedule an appointment, today!