The pain in your face can have several causes. Most commonly, the pain is from a group of conditions called temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJDs). You may experience recurring or chronic pain and dysfunction in your jaw and the surrounding muscles and tissues.
About five to 12% of the U.S. population is affected by TMJDs. This type of pain is second only to chronic lower back pain when it comes to discomfort and disability. Half to two-thirds of people with facial pain will seek help, and about 15% of them will be diagnosed with chronic TMJD.
Treatment by physicians or dentists can include dental devices to take pressure off the nerves in the jaw or by pain medications.
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The Headache Center of Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches caused by neurological and psychiatric illnesses as well as hard-to-treat migraines.