standard-title Craniofacial Pain

Craniofacial Pain

From problems involving the chewing muscles or temporomandibular joint (TMJ), craniofacial pain can cause complications in a number of areas.

Problems involving facial pain can also include TMJ discomfort, muscle spasms in the head, neck and jaw, cluster or frequent headaches, or pain with the teeth, face or jaw. Additionally, if you have an unstable bite, missing teeth or poorly aligned teeth, you can experience pain and discomfort because your muscles are working harder to bring your teeth together than normal. As a result of the straining, you will experience pain.

Pain can even be a symptom of grinding or clenching your teeth (bruxism), trauma to the head and neck, or poor genetics. Dr. Foster provides an array of treatments to help alleviate your craniofacial pain, including the use of an oral appliance called an orthotic, or splint, that is worn over the teeth until your bite can be stabilized. While this treatment may be temporary, permanent correction through reshaping of your teeth, building crowns, orthodontics or a permanent appliance for your mouth might also be recommended. Physical therapy, counseling, relaxation training or massage therapy may also be an option for your oral health improvement.

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With a thorough medical and dental history, Dr. Foster can determine if any trauma has occurred in the facial area, as well as perform a physical examination to examine your temporomandibular joint, head and neck. If you are suffering from headaches or jaw pain, visit Dr. Bonnie Foster today for further diagnosis and treatment of your craniofacial pain.