Orofacial pain is defined as any marked discomfort on, or around, your face. Symptoms include general aches, dizziness, clicking or popping of the joints, earaches, teeth grinding, and sore jaw muscles. These symptoms can be unpleasant enough during the day, but at night, when you’re trying to sleep, discomfort can seem greatly magnified. Katy TX dentist, Dr. Colin Lathrop, can help you uncover the cause of orofacial pain so you can be sure to have a good night’s sleep.
Orofacial Pain and Dental Issues
Orofacial pain may not always relate to a dental cause, but the two are often related. According to Dr. Peter G. Bastian, spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry, “your dentist will try to diagnose the pain source by conducting tests to rule out a cracked tooth, the need for root canal, gum disease, clenching, or tooth grinding. These factors can cause discomfort in the facial region, but can be easily addressed.” Another issue that sometimes includes symptoms of orofacial pain is TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). This is a condition that often makes it difficult to get proper rest because of the nagging nature of the discomfort.
Relief for Orofacial Pain
Uncovering the cause of orofacial pain is essential for proper treatment. There are various prescription medicines, over-the-counter pain killers, hot and cold compresses, and even exercises that can relieve this type of discomfort. However, if the underlying cause is dental related, until you fix and restore the issue, the pain will likely continue. Long term solutions for any orofacial pain that has lasted for more than 10 days could require medical attention. If your general physician is stumped, consider visiting Dr. Lathrop for a second opinion since the cause could very well have something to do with your teeth, gums, or jawbone. Once a solution has been found, and a treatment has been implemented, you should have no problem enjoying a pleasant, pain-free sleep every night.
Visit your Katy, TX Dentist
Dr. Colin Lathrop is an experienced and widely respected dentist serving patients in the Katy, TX area. Patients can schedule an appointment with Lathrop Dental Center by calling our office at 832-437-3849.