"When you experience facial pain, I am aware it can affect your entire life. Having treated hundreds of patients suffering from facial pain symptoms, taught me that people with facial pain sometimes have to endure excruciating pain. Their daily life, work, sleep, and relationships can be heavily impacted by an ongoing strain around the eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks. Some people seek treatment immediately, some are determined to 'live through it', some seek more information to define the road ahead towards facial pain relief.
When you don't know what is causing your facial pain, it's hard to make a plan to get rid of it. You might have done some Internet research and found two possible causes:
Both have significant different symptoms, but both can cause facial pain, so it's hard to determine the cause without a thorough examination. Though the Internet is an amazing resource for information, some articles can reflect contradicting causes, view points and treatment approaches. Confusion is not uncommon here.
When you are at the point of taking resolute action to get rid of your facial pain, but don't know what to do, please read this page thoroughly, then take action.
I wish you strength at this challenging moment and most importantly CLARITY, so you can define the next steps toward facial pain relief."
Dr Mike Deldar - Deldar Dental
Neuromuscular Dentist Noblesville / Indianapolis
It's important to understand the unique symptoms of both a TMJ Disorder and Trigeminal Neuralgia. The symptoms below will help you identify which condition you may have.
The facial pain from TMJ disorder may feel similar to arthritis. Trigeminal neuralgia feels sharp and electrifying.
This name applies to many conditions that impact the temporomandibular joints. These important joints connect your jaw to your skull. TMJ Disorder or TMD for short, can throw off your jaw's alignment. This causes several symptoms throughout your face and body.
I see it again and again: patients don't realize that TMJ can cause pain in other areas of the body. In fact, TMJ often causes aches and pain in your neck, back, and shoulders.
Our comprehensive TMJ treatment plan includes a few steps. This plan targets the painful symptoms while healing the root cause.
It's even possible you face both conditions. That's why you should meet with a qualified Physiologic TMJ dentist to discuss your symptoms and find a comprehensive treatment.
Trigeminal Neuralgia sends jolts of pain throughout your face. Daily activities usually trigger an episode. This can make brushing your teeth, eating, or talking very painful. Even a soft summer breeze can send shock waves through your facial nerves.
Your trigeminal nerves control jaw motion on either side of your face. They also send information back and forth from your brain to your jaw and face.
You experience excruciating pain when something disrupts this process. Several factors can deteriorate or impact these nerves' ability to function.
As a TMJ specialist, I want to you understand trigeminal neuralgia's unique set of symptoms. You can then seek treatment from a professional armed with knowledge about your condition. Many dentists may not have the experience to understand the subtle differences between these painful conditions.
Even slightly touching your face can trigger severe pain.
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