Orofacial pain disorders can affect patients in many ways. According to a recent study, an estimated 11 to 12 million adults in the U.S. experience pain close to the temporomandibular joint. If you or someone you love suffers from symptoms like these, it’s important to proactively seek help for the condition. Today we’ll review the five different types of orofacial pain disorders.
This is one of the least common types of orofacial pain disorders. It’s considered a rarity, but it does still need to be considered in any diagnosis and examination. If your orofacial pain is determined to be psychological in nature, there are a number of different treatment options available. If your case is exacerbated by psychological issues or concerns, that reality will also be addressed during your diagnostic session.
If you have undergone surgery that damaged your neural pathways, it can cause neuropathic orofacial disorders. This condition can also arise as a result of an injury to the area. The pain pathways can sometimes be corrected to overcome the injury, but this isn’t the outcome in all cases.
Perhaps the most common type of orofacial disorder, musculoskeletal disorders are caused by pain within the body’s pain transmission and modulation system. The pain can reside in the salivary glands or be pupal in nature. TMJ and TMD are both types of musculoskeletal disorders. Periodental pain is also included in this category.
Cavities and the loss of enamel and tooth substance are the primary causes of dental-related orofacial disorders. Maintaining good oral health is one effective way to avoid the development of these painful disorders. If you’re experiencing any type of pain in your mouth, it’s time to schedule a dental check-up. Oral disease and trauma can also cause dental-related orofacial disorders.
5. Non-Dental Related
Even when your dental health is in good shape, you can still suffer from non-dental related disorders. These can be caused by a number of neurological disorders. Burning mouth syndrome, physical injury, and postherpetic neuralgia can all be root causes of a disorder. Visiting a neurologist can help with these syndromes and ancillary disorders.
Do you suffer from orofacial pain disorders of any type? TMJ Care is here to help you manage your pain and possibly correct the causes of the condition. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation and begin feeling better soon!