Do you have orofacial pain? This is a term for any pain felt of the jaw, inside the mouth, or anywhere on the face. It’s a common problem. In fact, 22% of Americans reported suffering some kind of facial pain in a six month period; 12% of the time it was a toothache.
Most often orofacial pain is a dental issue. The second most likely cause is TMD, a disorder of the temporomandibular joints that work your jaw; in fact, 10-15% of the population reportedly has TMD. The rest of the time, causes can range anywhere from oral cancer to migraines.
Proper treatment of your orofacial pain will likely depend upon the region in which it is found or the specific diagnosis. If you have a toothache, it’s important to see Dr. Mo Banki as soon as possible. Treatments may include a dental filling or root canal, depending on the exact source of the pain. If you are experiencing chronic jaw pain and believe you may have TMD, MSL Surgery can fit you with a mouth guard to help curve its effects. We also may recommend physical therapy and stress reduction techniques.
While you are getting professional help for your orofacial pain, there are treatments you can try at home which may offer temporary relief. Try placing a soft cold compress along your cheek for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. This will reduce inflammation. You can also take an over-the-counter pain medication.
If you have any questions about your orofacial pain, don’t hesitate to contact our office in Warwick, Rhode Island at 401-739-5500 today!