Facial pain can be caused from a variety of factors including infections, injury, and nerve problems. No matter the cause our goal is to provide our patients not only relief from the pain but fixing the root of the problem to deter it from coming back. Facial pain varies from patient to patient and can occur on both sides of the face or just one, can be chronic or short-lived, and can be intense or dull. Please read below to learn about the most common causes of facial pain and the symptoms you should look out for.
- Dental abscess is an infection due to your tooth’s nerve and blood vessel contracting bacteria caused by a cracked tooth, gum disease, or tooth decay. Symptoms include a bad taste in your mouth, facial swelling, fever, inflamed gums, and persistent pain.
- Dry sockets occur where a tooth has been removed and a blood clot is either displaced, or doesn’t form, before the site has finished healing. Symptoms include a bad taste, fever, intense pain, and swelling.
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorders are the most common reason for facial pain. Because the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) allows you to open and shut your mouth any interference with the joint can make facial pain appear. Numerous factors can cause your TMJ to not function properly including arthritis, clenching your teeth, injury, and a misaligned bite. The symptoms most often seen with TMJ disorders are pain in the joint, popping, or clicking.
- With a thorough exam and diagnosis your facial pain will become a thing of the past.
If you have experienced any of the above symptoms, or have persistent facial pain, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.