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Facial Pain (Definition)

Facial pain is a clinical finding in which there is pain in the area of the face. This is often due to trauma, ...Read more


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What causes TMJ and jaw misalignment?

What causes TMJ and jaw misalignment?

TMJ disorder cause: can occur when there is a problem that involve the masticatory muscles, the temporomandibular joint and associated structures, or both. See orofacial pain practitioner for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Can migraines cause TMJ and facial tingling?

Can migraines cause TMJ and facial tingling?

TMJ: Tmj problem can cause migraine and quite few problems that can all be dentally related. You must check with your dentist to address any occlusal disharmony(bite problem) and or any internal TMJ problem. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause numbness in upper jaw and nose?

Can TMJ cause numbness in upper jaw and nose?

Very common: TMJ can cause many symptoms in the face, including numbness of part of your nose, your forehead, and more in the upper region of your face. See OFP specialist for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Facial numbness with a toothache?

Facial numbness with a toothache?

Numbness: Sometimes, a tooth infection that is located near a major nerve of the face can cause numbness to that region. This can also be the case of the wisdom tooth infection. But numbness to the face can also be the result of other things too. It is advisable to have it checked by a professional. ...Read more

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Can TMJ specialists dislocate the jaws?

Can TMJ specialists dislocate the jaws?

Caution: It is possible that dislocation could happen. It is unlikely that someone who treats this disorder would cause the event through therapy. ...Read more

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Where can I find a pain center for TMJ facial and TMJ headaches?

Online: There are two websites i would suggest... www.aacfp.org and www.Aaop.Org. American academy of orofacial or craniofacial pain they have lists of doctors who are members who may be able to help you. A doctor with additional credentials is more likely to be helpful.. Ie fellow or diplomat... They have been tested for their expertise and knowledge. ...Read more

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Temporomandibular question what's tmj, tmjd or tmd)?

Temporomandibular  question what's tmj, tmjd or tmd)?

TMJ vs TMD vs TMJD: TMJ is temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone of the skull. TMD, TMJD which stands for temporomandibular joint Disorder or Dysfunction, as a result of problems with the jaw joint and surrounding muscles that control chewing, speaking and moving the jaw. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth problems cause migraine headaches and general face pain?

Can wisdom teeth problems cause migraine headaches and general face pain?

You bet!: Absolutely. I've seen this happen to people many times. See your dentist to check the wisdom teeth (an x-ray will likely be required). Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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My symptoms are jaw joint pain, jaw clicking, dizziness, grinding, chewing difficulties, neck pain and limited mouth opening. What could it be?

My symptoms are jaw joint pain, jaw clicking, dizziness, grinding, chewing difficulties, neck pain and limited mouth opening. What could it be?

TMJ disorder : What you are describing is classic for TMJ - a inflammation of your jaw hinge joint. Start with ibuprofen, avoid hard foods, avoid chewing gum, apply warm compress, and get into to see your dentist. It can be made significantly worse by night time teeth grinding. ...Read more

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Severe facial pain for 4 mos, diagnosis of sinus probs & toothache. Currently have severe facial swelling. Could this be trigeminal neuralgia?

Dangerous condition: Severe facial swelling is not found with trigeminal neuralgia. This is likely caused by an infected (abcessed) tooth. Infection in the head and neck region is a serious condition. You should seek medical/dental care immediately. ...Read more

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Would jaw alignment surgery help my TMJ disorder?

Would jaw alignment surgery help my TMJ disorder?

Depends: Surgery should be considered the last resort for TMJ disorders. Sometimes there is no other choice, but i would seek out more than one opinion before having it done. ...Read more

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Does TMJ cause numbness in the jaw and/or face?

Does TMJ cause numbness in the jaw and/or face?

Possibly : Anything is possible with TMJ syndrome . Your TMJ is possibly so severe that another disorder 'bell's palsy' may be occurring. Bell's palsy can also occur without TMJ symptoms. Get evaluated by your dentist! ...Read more

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Scratchy throat, Impacted/Abcessed wisdom teeth pain, Severe jaw/chest pain in spasms. Constant mild jaw/tooth pain. Likelihood of endocarditis?

Scratchy throat, Impacted/Abcessed wisdom teeth pain, Severe jaw/chest pain in spasms. Constant mild jaw/tooth pain. Likelihood of endocarditis?

ER. Oral surgeon: Chest pain should be evaluated in ER NOW. If heart ok, will likely prescribe antibiotics, pain meds. Then see oral surgeon. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more

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Possible masseter muscle in cheek strain after dentist? 3 wk constant meds.headache tooth pain ear pain. Wisd.tooth RCT & 4 fillings. Cause of pain?

Possible masseter muscle in cheek strain after dentist? 3 wk constant meds.headache tooth pain ear pain. Wisd.tooth RCT & 4 fillings. Cause of pain?

Inflammation: You may have an inflamed masseter from being stretched open too long or too wide; you could also have trismus from the anesthetic injection. Other possibilities include the occlusion being off on the new restorations. Moist heat, restricted diet and anti-inflammatories should resolve muscle pain; if the bite is off you need an occlusal adjustment. ...Read more

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Trigeminal neuralgia or temporomandibular joint disorder (lock jaw), what to do?

Trigeminal neuralgia or temporomandibular joint disorder (lock jaw), what to do?

My Healing Recipe: "You are not just a jaw or head!" Your confusing problems need holistic help. Start self-care with a Wellness Program of Vits, Magnesium supplements, sleep hygiene, exercise, massage, yoga, heat, Epsom soaking, stretching, Chiropractor. I’ve truly witnessed the healing power of myofascial acupuncture within this recipe!!!! The healing recipe will expose the diagnosis or all will just melt away. ...Read more

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Deviated jaw and TMJ pain, what can help?

Deviated jaw and TMJ pain, what can help?

Medical attention: Signs and symptoms of TMJ disorder may include: Pain and ache in the jaw Facial pain Locking of the jaw in open or closed position Ache around the ears Difficulty chewing or discomfort during chewing General advise is to avoid hard, chewy food but if the tenderness is persistent or if jaw can not be opened or closed completely to seek medical attention from a doctor or dentist. ...Read more

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Can tmj cause constant facial pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and mess up posture?

Can tmj cause constant facial pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain, and mess up posture?

Possible: Your symptoms may be related to TMJ. It is likely that there may be other things going on. Is your life stressful? Poor ergonomic work conditions? Traumatic events? You may need a multifaceted treatment, working with a TMJ dentist, primary care, massage, PT to help you. ...Read more

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Can tinnitus be related to TMJ even with no facial pain?

Can tinnitus be related to TMJ even with no facial pain?

Tinnitus type II : Tinnitus type ii or not ringing, could be cause by TMJ clicking, middle ear muscle contraction (e.g. Stapidius). Sound is not ringing, but rushing, clicking, thumping or other atonal sound. It’s a good sign if tinnitus is intermittent because it’s proof that the auditory system is capable of functioning normally. There are no drugs approved for the treatment of tinnitus. ...Read more

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Can having TMJ for 10 years cause head pains that worsen when you turn your head and when you press on spots on scalp? As well as facial pain?

Yes "Trigger points": The jaw joint (temporomandibular joint / tmj) consists of two bones braced by muscles in a rotating and sliding hinge relationship. Pain in the muscles that support this joint, the teeth, or the joint itself, as well as referred pain can all occur. Myofascial trigger point pain is treated by a health team consisting of possibly a chiropractor, pt, and a dentist trained in orofacial pain therapy. ...Read more

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Can neck pain cause headaches and facial pain? No TMJ per oral surgeons diagnosis. Headaches are short lived but come and go all day.

Can neck pain cause headaches and facial pain? No TMJ per oral surgeons diagnosis. Headaches are short lived but come and go all day.

Neck arthritis: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. ...Read more

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Does TMJ cause teeth grinding? I've never been diagnosed with tmj, and but have ground my teeth for a long time. And lately, i've been having facial pain and headaches when i wake up in the morning. Should i my dentist is I have tmj? .

Sleep Bruxism: Many factors can be responsible for headaches and facial pain. You should talk with a dentist who has been trained in these disorders to get an appropriate diagnosis and develop the best treatment approach. ...Read more

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Hard pea lump just above tmj condyle . I think zygomatic arch. Fixed but slightly flexi. on off facial pain and eye pain on that side for yrs. related?

Trigenminal Nerve: Although the anatomic points are separated by 4-5 cm. this sounds like and old blow to the head. It must have injured a branch if the Trigeminal nerve causing a neuroma- a benign nerve tumor. It is not to worry. Be grateful that you did not have a more significant Trigeminal nerve problem-a real severe pain called a tic doloreaux.. ...Read more

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Rly bad jaw/facial pain (Lockjaw/TMJ symptoms) following tooth extraction. Was prescribed Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) but would an NSAID help me actually heal better?

Rly bad jaw/facial pain (Lockjaw/TMJ symptoms) following tooth extraction. Was prescribed Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) but would an NSAID help me actually heal better?

Jaw pain: NSAIDs will help due to their anti-inflammatory action. Norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) is not an anti-inflammatory, but should provide relief of pain. You need to contact your dentist or the surgeon for a follow-up exam. ...Read more

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The lower right side of my face hurts when I open my mouth. Anybody have any idea? Could it be tmj?

Could be, yes.: Your symptoms are quite vague. Many things can cause lower facial pain, including impacted wisdom teeth or other dental problems. But, if the pain is worse when you're moving your jaw or chewing, it's likely to be a TMJ problem. Often these pains are referred to the ear, just in back of the jaw joint. A panoramic x-ray to rule out other problems may be indicated. ...Read more

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I have right side of my face pain, 3 doctors say tmj, meds dont help or treatments for TMJ don't help, been going on for 6 mo, what else could it be?

I have right side of my face pain, 3 doctors say tmj, meds dont help or treatments for TMJ don't help, been going on for 6 mo, what else could it be?

Multiple things: It could still be TMJ problems or headaches or trig menial neuralgia or atypical facial pain. You should be evaluated by a dentist with extra training in TM disorders or a multi-disciplinary pain clinic. ...Read more

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Ear/ jaw/face pain.I don't think it's tmj, but I have 3 Dr who say it is...it comes for a week 8/10 pain scale and go away for a while and comes back.

Ear/ jaw/face pain.I don't think it's tmj, but I have 3 Dr who say it is...it comes for a week 8/10 pain scale and go away for a while and comes back.

TMJ syndrome: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain. Face pain, earache, fullness in the ear and jaw pain are the common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See your dentist or Orofacial Pain specialist for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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My eye puffed up from pain and eye strain I think from TMJ - same side of my face. Pain in jaw and eye socket. Tmj splints do not help me. Help?

Eye pain and strain: Please see an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist. Also make an appointment to see an Eye specialist. PS: I broke 5 pair of glasses when I was six. Now I'm 72 and still doing OK with spectacles! ...Read more

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What is aytipical facial pain and the symptoms please?

What is aytipical facial pain and the symptoms please?

Definition: Atypical Facial Pain (AFP, also termed atypical facial neuralgia,[1] chronic idiopathic facial pain,[2] or psychogenic facial pain),[3] is a type of chronic facial pain which does not fulfill any other diagnosis. Best explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atypical_facial_pain. See TMJ-orofacial pain doc for management. ...Read more

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What would cause facial pain and headaches?

What would cause facial pain and headaches?

Tension headache/TMJ: Think flesh/tissue and not bone/ligament/disc with chronic pain! began selfcare with a wellness programs, vitamins b-100, magnesium glycinate, sleep hygiene, exercise and self or prof massage, chiropractor, yoga, heat, stretching all are needed. My favorite in my practice is acupuncture and myofascial tissue release with trigger points w lidocaine. ...Read more

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What could cause distorted vision and facial pain?

What could cause distorted vision and facial pain?

Many causes : One cause of your condition could be trigeminal neuralgia.Trigeminal neuralgia is an inflammation of the trigeminal nerve causing extreme pain and muscle spasms in the face. Attacks of intense, electric shock-like facial pain can occur without warning or be triggered by touching specific areas of the face. I would see someone to diagnose your problem. ...Read more

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How do I relieve facial pain from a possible sinus?

How do I relieve facial pain from a possible sinus?

ENT or Oral Surgeon: See ENT doc. If no diagnosis or dental problem. See oral surgeon. If TMJ, see TMJ expert. ...Read more

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Help with facial pain. What can cause it? Face looks ok.

Help with facial pain.  What can cause it?  Face looks ok.

Many Causes: There are many causes of facial pain. It's important to get a thorough examination to determine proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Where can I find a pain center for TMJ facial and TMJ headaches?

Online: There are two websites i would suggest... www.aacfp.org and www.Aaop.Org. American academy of orofacial or craniofacial pain they have lists of doctors who are members who may be able to help you. A doctor with additional credentials is more likely to be helpful.. Ie fellow or diplomat... They have been tested for their expertise and knowledge. ...Read more

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