When you have chronic headaches, jaw pain, and other aches in and around your face, head, and neck, this is referred to as orofacial pain. Simply put, this discomfort is a result of oral health problems, such as TMJ disorder or even bruxism (teeth grinding). If you suffer from orofacial pain, you should contact your Los Angeles, CA, dentist for a possible solution!
Warning Signs of Trouble
What are signs that you may need treatment for an oral health issue? Well, frequent headaches or migraines with no discernable cause could be a symptom, as could aches in the neck, shoulders, face, and jaw. Some people may experience a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw, or possibly tooth sensitivity and toothaches. If you have problems fully opening and closing your mouth, or discomfort and difficulty eating or chewing, this is definitely a symptom of an oral health concern, as is ear pain. Don’t ignore these potential warning signs, instead contact our team to learn more about possible solutions.
Possible Health Issues
What causes these uncomfortable issues? For some, the issue could be related to injury to trauma to the face or jaw, or possibly due to tooth loss, stress, bite imbalance, or dental misalignment. Osteoarthritis could cause facial discomfort too. One common cause is TMJ disorder, which develops when the temporomandibular joints (which connect your jaw and skull) undergo excessive strain, cause problems opening and closing the mouth. Bruxism or chronic teeth grinding, also leads to uncomfortable symptoms and could even damage your teeth unless treated. When we examine your smile using advanced technology, we will diagnose the cause and extent of your oral health issue, and recommend a solution to your orofacial pain.
We offer our patients a wide range of potential solutions, including physical therapy to strengthen muscles and ease strain, and even cognitive behavioral therapy. Certain medications could be used to ease discomfort and address factors behind your pain. Often, a custom-made oral appliance addresses multiple issues with strain in your face or jaw. After taking detailed impressions of your smile, we create a mouthguard-like device that is worn as you sleep. The device then repositions the jaw or ease pain and address the causes of your symptoms. If you have any questions about diagnosing and treating orofacial pain, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Pain in Your Smile?
We have custom-made solutions to help reverse the strain and damage behind your orofacial pain. If you want to learn more about restoring the health and comfort of your smile, then contact Dr. Ivan Lapidus in Los Angeles, CA, by calling (310) 446-4867. We’re proud to serve residents of the San Luis Obispo area!