Do you experience orofacial pain? This pain can include a variety of problems, including TMJ pain, head, neck, or jaw spasms, migraines, or pain in the jaw, face, and teeth.
There are a variety of causes to orofacial pain, so there are also a variety of solutions.
You don’t have to live with orofacial pain, and a trip to your dentist’s office is a good step in getting relief.
Why Do I Have Orofacial Pain?
The reason for your orofacial pain will depend on your symptoms. In many cases, problems with missing teeth, poorly aligned teeth, or a bad bite are the cause. If you clench or grind your teeth – or if you experienced trauma to your neck or head – you can also suffer from orofacial pain.
What Can Be Done to Help with Orofacial Pain?
If you are experiencing orofacial pain, there are some things that you can do to ease your discomfort:
- Place an ice pack onto the area for ten minutes, several times per day
- Cut food items into small pieces or eat softer foods
- Don’t chew on ice, gum, pens, or any other hard items
- Sleep on your back with your head elevated
- Don’t rest your phone on your shoulder when taking a phone call
In addition to these self-help tips, your dentist can also suggest some treatment options. A splint can be worn over your teeth until your bite stabilizes, and if permanent correction is needed, orthodontics, crowns, jaw surgery, or reshaping might be required.
Ultimately, you’ll need to discuss your issue with your dentist in order to find the right treatment plan. Your dentist will need to isolate and determine the cause of your pain in order to recommend a good way to help it.
Contact our office today to talk about what can be done for your orofacial pain.