Orofacial pain refers to any pain of the oral or facial area. It’s not an uncommon problem. One study stated that 22% of U.S. residents reported orofacial pain during a period of six months. It is rare that an individual does not have some kind of facial pain in their lifetime.
The most frequent type of orofacial pain is a toothache. The second comes from a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), in which the cartilage and disk that cushions the jaw joint has eroded or been injured in some way, resulting in jaw pain. This affects as much as 10-15% of the population. Oral facial pain can also arise from oral cancer, headaches, Burning Mouth Syndrome, Cracked Tooth Syndrome, and other conditions.
If you have a toothache, it may be because of a cavity or an infection. You may need to visit Ocean State Oral Surgery Center, L.L.C. to identify the cause. If you have TMD, Dr. Aaron Ercole can make an impression of your mouth to fit you with a customized, comfortable mouth guard which can help ease your pain. We also may suggest physical therapy, medication, meditation or counseling.
There are also home remedies you can try, but these will only result in temporary relief. Place a cold gel pack along your cheek to reduce inflammation. You can take an anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medicine such as ibuprofen. If you have any queries or concerns or would like to be treated for your TMD or a toothache, please call our office in North Providence, Rhode Island, at 401-353-1515 today!