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When to See a Dentist for Face Pain Treatment
Facial pain can result from a number of reasons. This review discusses some of the signs that indicate a potential need for face pain treatment from a dentist. It is important to be able to determine the cause in case dental or medical treatment is necessary to prevent the concern from worsening or lingering for an extended amount of time.
Signs that indicate a need for face pain treatment
Patients should not ignore severe or chronic pain inside of the jaw, face pain that results from a traumatic facial injury, or pain that develops as a result of a dental abscess. The following is a closer look at each sign that indicates a visit to the dentist for diagnosis and possible face pain treatment may be in order.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
The TMJ is the joint that connects the skull and the jawbone together. This joint is responsible for the mobility of the jaw and is vital for performing activities such as eating and speaking. TMJ pain can develop for a variety of reasons, such as after suffering a blow to the mouth, bruxism, or as a result of malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth and jaw). It is important to visit a dentist for diagnosis and potential TMJ treatment when the pain of the joint lasts for an extended period of time or suddenly becomes severe.
A traumatic facial injury
Traumatic facial injuries are often dental emergencies. If the injury is life-threatening or the medical concern significantly outweighs the oral health concern, then it may be best to first go to the emergency room. However, traumatic facial injuries that primarily only cause an oral health concern can often be treated by a dentist.
When tooth damage leads to a dental abscess
A dental abscess can result from an oral infection in the root of a tooth. This can be incredibly painful for patients and the pain is not likely to go away without treatment. Dentists can treat a dental abscess by draining the abscess or they may recommend root canal therapy to avoid losing the tooth. In either case, anytime symptoms of a dental abscess develop, it is important to visit a dentist for face pain treatment.
When facial pain after a dental procedure becomes intolerable
Some minor pain and swelling are expected after certain dental procedures. However, the pain should, in most cases, be tolerable with at-home remedies and pain-relief medication. If the pain is intolerable or continues for an extended amount of time despite at-home care, then it could be a sign of a more severe complication that requires face pain treatment from a dentist.
Are you currently suffering from facial pain?
Here at our dental practice, we treat patients that are dealing with severe or chronic facial pain, and we offer a range of treatment types depending on the specific location and type of discomfort. If you have any issues with facial pain, then contact our dental practice to find out the best course of action.
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