Orofacial pain

Chronic or acute pain that occurs in the face, jaws and mouth is called orofacial pain. Pain in these areas can be very distressing because it makes talking painful and difficult. Orofacial pain may be caused by underlying conditions or occur on its own.

Symptoms of orofacial pain

Some common symptoms of orofacial pain include:

  • Throbbing, sharp or burning pain
  • Pain after surgery or cancer treatment
  • Muscle spasms
  • Frequent or migraine headaches

Causes of orofacial pain

Palliative care physicians at Northwell Health treat many patients with underlying, chronic conditions that can cause orofacial pain, including:

  • Head or neck cancer
  • Patients with a tracheostomy (opening through the neck into the windpipe)
  • Advanced HIV/AIDS
  • Referred pain from other parts of the body

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