Are you struggling with mouth or jaw pain? Orofacial pain can damage your quality of life, but the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers tailored pain management solutions to give men and women in Kingsland and Brunswick, GA significant relief.
What is Orofacial Pain?
Orofacial pain is a broad term used to describe symptoms of pain and dysfunction in the head and neck region. More specifically, orofacial pain refers to pain that’s above the neck, in front of the ears, and below the eyes. Most orofacial pain involves the mouth or jaw.
What Causes Orofacial Pain?
Most cases of orofacial pain have a dental cause, but there are many potential causes of this pain. Following dental causes, the largest cause of orofacial pain is temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) that are related to some dysfunction of the jaw joints and/or muscles. Sometimes complex TMD cases are the cause of pain such as a failed joint replacement or TMD surgery.
Orofacial pain is also frequently caused by some type of trauma to the mouth or jaw. This is usually the case after a car accident.
Other possible causes of orofacial pain include:
- Trigeminal neuropathic pain disorders
- Neurovascular disorders like migraine headaches
- Burning mouth syndrome, a type of nerve damage
- Sleep disorders such as bruxism (teeth grinding) and sleep apnea
- Orofacial dyskinesias and dystonias, or involuntary muscle contractures and movements caused by problematic nerve signals.
- Cervicalgia or facial pain caused by a neck injury, spinal cord injury, or referred pain.
What Does Orofacial Pain Feel Like?
Symptoms can vary from person to person and depend on the underlying cause of the pain. Many people with orofacial pain experience at least one of the following:
- Neck pain
- Ear pain
- Dental pain
- Jaw pain
- Facial burning or stabbing sensations
- Tinnitus (a ringing in the ears)
- Tingling or itching sensations in the neck or head
How is Orofacial Pain Treated in Brunswick, GA?
At the Spine Center of Southeast Georgia, we will work to identify the underlying cause of your pain to determine the most effective treatment options. Potential treatments for orofacial pain in St. Marys include:
- Sympathetic Nerve Block
- This procedure involves injecting a nerve block of local anesthetic and steroids to the sympathetic nerves responsible for sending pain signals.
- Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
- This minimally invasive procedure implants a PNC device along problematic peripheral nerves. Once activated, the device sends electrical impulses to the nerves to disrupt pain signals and confuse the brain into ignoring them.
Orofacial pain can be a complex issue with many potential causes. The Spine Center of Southeast Georgia offers comprehensive and personalized treatment plans for significant relief from orofacial pain in Brunswick and Kingsland, GA. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our pain clinic doctors.