Treatment for Facial Pain Caused by Chewing System Problems in Raleigh, NC: Chewing System Orthopedics
Chronic facial and jaw pain commonly originates in the chewing system. However, the source of the pain can sometimes be hard to pinpoint, meaning patients often travel from dentist to doctor, seeking help with no real results.
If you’ve experienced this, you are probably frustrated — and understandably so. Set up an appointment with the Raleigh Facial Pain Center to find out what is causing your pain and start the journey to living a pain-free life.
If you have chronic pain in your face or jaw that can’t be explained, it may be caused by a chewing system problem such as bruxism (teeth-grinding) or clenching (holding teeth together) and tension in muscles (stress-induced tension). Even trauma is a contributor to chewing system damage, especially whiplash injuries and significant blows to the jaw.
Do I Have a Chewing System Problem?
- Do you ever need a mouthguard or splint?
- Do you have jaw asymmetry, a slanted smile or occlusal plane off balance?
- Do you have difficulty or pain biting apples or other hard foods?
- Do you frequently break temporary crowns, implants or teeth?
- Do you have bony enlargements, growths or bony protrusions in your mouth?
- Do you run out of energy chewing food? Have you ever had to give up chewing gum?
- Do your jaw muscles bulge on the side of your face when you clench?
- Have you had whiplash injuries or blows to the jaw?
- Do you develop jaw pain for days after dental care?
- Do you have significant wear on your front or back teeth?
- Do you have frequent tooth, ear or jaw pain?
- Do you have pain in your temple, back, neck, shoulders or jaw after a hard day at work?
If you suffer from chronic pain and answered yes to any of these questions, your pain may be caused by a problem in your chewing system. To determine the origin of your jaw or facial pain and to find relief, set up an appointment with Dr. Keith A. Yount of the Raleigh Facial Pain Center. Dr. Yount, a board certified and residency trained orofacial pain provider, uses a multidisciplinary (or multimodality) approach to treatment based on clinical research to diagnose and treat chronic pain in patients in Raleigh and also sees patients from the mountains to the sea.
The Raleigh Facial Pain Center treats chronic jaw and facial pain cause by chewing system problems in patients in Raleigh, NC and beyond, in areas including Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Greenville, Pinehurst, New Bern, Greensboro and even South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.