Many adults suffer from chronic jaw and facial pain. Some common symptoms include pain in or around the ear, tenderness of the jaw, pain when biting, or headaches. Many things can cause facial pain, which can make it difficult to diagnose and treat. Your dentist will conduct a thorough exam, which may include X-rays, to determine the cause of the pain.
Possible causes of jaw pain or facial pain include:
- sinus problems
- tooth grinding
- periodontal disease
- problems with your jaw or the temporomandibular joint
Your dentist’s plan for treatment will depend on the source of your facial pain, but recommendations may include:
- mouth protector
- muscle relaxants
- anti-inflammatory drugs
- root canal therapy
- periodontal treatment
If you suffer from jaw pain or facial pain, speak with your dentist or physician for diagnosis and treatment.