Facial Pain

Facial Pain

TMJ can cause facial pain

Facial Pain

TMJ can cause facial pain

Dr. Benjamin Polan faces off with TMJ facial pain in Beverly, MA

TMJ can cause facial pain

Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint formed when your lower jaw bone fits into a shallow basin at the base of your temporal bone, allowing you to open and close your mouth. Many of us are aware that a misaligned TMJ can give us headaches, but it’s connection to the rest of the body can cause numerous other symptoms, especially pain around the facial area.

How is this facial pain caused?

Cranial nerve number seven (CN VII) is your Facial Nerve protruding from a tiny opening in the base of your skull located very near to the TMJ. It then sends branches to the muscles of your face that allow you to make different facial expressions, such as frowning, smiling and laughing. It also sends signals to the glands that form tears, your salivary glands, and the roof of your mouth and tongue.

Since CN VII also carries inward bound sensory information back to the brain, it carries pain signals, information about taste, and information about the position of your tongue and jaw back to the brain.

Dr. Benjamin Polan from Beverly, MA tells us the classic example of pain associated with the CN VII is Bell’s Palsy, in which infection by the Herpes Simplex virus causes inflammation of the facial nerve, which may lead to drooping eyelids, sagging jaw, loss of the sensation of taste and constant formation of tears on the affected side of the face. This may be accompanied by terrible pain if something even lightly touches the area.

Since the CN VII leaves the skull so near to the TMJ, problems with misalignment of the TMJ can lead to symptoms such as a terrible toothache or earache, or just general facial pain on one or both sides of the face. A TMJ dentist can help to diagnose your TMJ facial pain and take steps to correct the problem.

Treat the cause, not the symptoms

Dr. Benjamin Polan specializes in dental procedures for a variety of conditions in his office in Beverly, MA. His staff provide a warm, caring atmosphere in which you can feel comfortable and safe while being treated, and he has successfully treated many patients who experience facial pain due to underlying TMJ problems.

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TMJ Headaches & Migraines

TMJ Headaches & Migraines

TMJ Can Cause migraines or headaches

TMJ Headaches & Migraines

TMJ Can Cause migraines or headaches

TMJ Headaches and Migraines? Wake up from the nightmare with Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA

TMJ Can Cause migraines or headaches

Suffering from chronic headaches and migraines is a waking nightmare, especially when nothing you do seems to help. This is commonly the case when people are actually suffering from a TMJ problem, which appears to be completely unrelated. The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the point at which your lower jaw connects to the rest of your skull. It may seem rather inconsequential, but in reality a misaligned TMJ can cause numerous health problems, especially chronic headaches and migraines.

How can my jaw cause my TMJ headaches & migraines?

When the TMJ is misaligned the muscles around your mouth, lips, tongue, and teeth tighten and strain to compensate and adjust for the misalignment. When the tightening of the muscles around the TMJ start to affect the nerves running around your facial organs it can cause severe headaches or migraines, in addition to other painful symptoms.

Some may feel that their headaches are due to stress or tension, especially if they’re dealing with problems at work, poor sleep, or other stressful situations. For this reason, they often spend far too much time trying to medicate with painkillers when they should be contacting their dentist for procedures that can help realign their jaws and ease their symptoms.

If you suffer from chronic daily headaches or migraines, contact a TMJ dentist such as Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA to see if your TMJ could use a readjustment. Any TMJ problems you might be having may include various other symptoms, so be sure to let your dentist know exactly where the pain is, its duration and frequency, and any problems or discomfort you may be having with your jaw.

Treat your TMJ and eliminate your headaches

If you’re suffering from TMJ pain or fatigue, clicking in your jaw, and headaches or migraines, book a consultation with Dr. Benjamin Polan in Beverly, MA. A qualified and caring TMJ dentist can help ease your symptoms with a series of tailored treatments that can eliminate the pain for good, allowing for permanent and sometimes immediate relief. Nobody should need to suffer from a misaligned TMJ which is completely out of their control.

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