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What is facial pain?

If you’re experiencing pain in your face, it 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.

How common is it?

About 5 to 12 percent of Americans are 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 medical attention, and about 15 percent of them will be diagnosed with chronic TMJD.

Types of treatment

Treatment by physicians or dentists can include dental devices to take pressure off the nerves in the jaw, or pain medications.

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