What Causes Chronic Facial Pain? TMJ, Migraines, and Other Causes

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Over 15% of the adults within the United States suffer with chronic facial pain. In some instances, this may be caused by migraines, while in others it is due to issues with the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). Chronic facial pain may also occur when someone has impacted wisdom teeth, serious tooth decay, or periodontal disease.

There are over 37 million Americans that experience migraines. Given that migraineurs have different types of symptoms, some more severe than others, it’s important to consult with a physician that can provide migraine headache treatment. Since this pain can often be exacerbated by teeth grinding and other issues associated with TMJ, it’s important to have a professional eliminate other potential causes of chronic pain.

Currently, approximately 35 million people have been diagnosed with TMJ. While men have been diagnosed with this condition, women are more prone to experiencing it. Recent surveys have shown that 95% of the individuals diagnosed with TMJ have been women. Work-related stress and other types of stress can often cause adults to experience stiffness in their neck and jaw due to clenching their teeth.

When people grind their teeth due to TMJ and/or other issues, dentists may often recommend wearing night guards. This is because teeth and jaw grinding can lead to facial and other types of pain as well as cause teeth to wear down or chip. When teeth become worn down or chipped, some dentists may recommend dental veneers to improve the overall appearance of a person’s smile. In addition to dental veneers, a dentist may recommend other options, such as crowns. Whether someone chooses to have dental veneers, crowns, or another option will often depend on their dentist’s recommendations.

According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey, a large percentage of adults believe that having an attractive smile makes a positive professional impact. It’s not surprising, then, that 74% of American adults believe that an unattractive smile can have a negative impact on their professional lives. An integral aspect of having an attractive smile is a combination of regular check-ups, professional teeth whitening sessions, along with addressing any other dental issues.

When adults experience chronic facial pain, it’s important for them to seek professional help. Since there are family dentists that can provide facial pain management along with their other services, it makes sense to schedule an appointment for an evaluation. Rather than suffer with chronic pain of any kind, it’s important to realize that there are options. While the appearance of a person’s smile can have either a positive or negative impact on their professional success, so, too, can chronic pain.

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