Orofacial pain, or jaw pain, most often indicates that you have an oral health issue, but for some patients, the pain is a sign of a nerve or musculoskeletal disorder. National Pain Institute offers jaw pain treatments for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What Is Jaw Pain?
Jaw pain or facial pain is a type of persistent discomfort that affects the upper or lower jaw, and you may also have pain in your head, neck, ears and oral cavity. The jaw is comprised of muscles, joints, bone and nerves that are susceptible to chronic diseases and trauma that can leave you with long-lasting pain. You may not be able to sufficiently manage the pain with prescription medications alone. At National Pain Institute, we offer options for jaw pain that cannot be controlled with conservative therapies.
What Are the Symptoms of Jaw Pain?
Jaw pain may appear as:
- Throbbing, persistent pain.
- Sharp pains when chewing or speaking.
- Referred pain in the tongue, cheeks, teeth or gums.
- Pain after shingles treatment.
- Burning sensations along the jawline.
The symptoms of jaw pain can range from minor to debilitating.
What Are the Risk Factors for Jaw Pain?
Some of the most common reasons that people develop jaw pain that does not subside quickly are:
- TMJ disorder.
- Teeth grinding.
- Injury to the jaw muscles .
- Muscle strain that is caused my repetitive movements, such as chewing gum on a regular basis.
- Post herpetic neuralgia which is nerve damage that is caused by the shingles virus.
- Complications from certain dental procedures.
How Is Jaw Pain Treated?
What Should I Expect After Treatment for Jaw Pain?
Our injections and nerve blocks typically start to work within a few days, and the results may last for up to six months. The pain will likely return if the underlying medical condition is not successfully treated. You can schedule a follow-up appointment with us for any additional treatments that are needed to manage your jaw pain.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers jaw pain treatments for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.