Facial Pain

Treat Facial Pain in Encinitas, CA

Facial pain afflicts about 15 percent of the American population. People with facial pain suffer from such things as headaches, earaches, neck pain, and jaw tenderness.

It can be caused by a wide array of factors, including sinus problems, an infected or impacted tooth, or other problems with the jaw or facial muscles.

Another cause of facial pain could be a disorder of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects the lower jaw to the skull on both sides of the face, near the front of the ear.

TMJ problems are sometimes related to stress, but can also be the result of arthritis, bruxism (teeth grinding), or a traumatic injury.

Treatments may include over-the-counter pain relievers, muscle relaxants, or an appliance designed to stop teeth grinding.

Orofacial Pain (OFP)

Orofacial pain, or OFP for short, is the study and management of chronic head and neck pain using very conservative treatment.

Pains treated by OFP doctors range from headaches including migraine, and cluster headaches, head and neck muscle pain, various nerve pains from sharp, shooting electrical pain to dull, aching, burning pain, TMJ, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Starting in the 1980’s, a group of dentists at the UCLA School of Dentistry started to fill a niche treating patients who had un-diagnosed pain in the head and neck. Although there is no specialty in TMJ treatment, the OFP residency at UCLA is one of the few programs in the country that is recognized by the American Dental Association’s Council on Dental Accreditation.

Please read more about each area of orofacial pain by clicking on one of the various links above.