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Trigeminal neuralgia – Symptoms – NHS

The main symptom of trigeminal neuralgia is sudden attacks of severe, sharp, shooting facial pain that last from a few seconds to about 2 minutes.

The pain is often described as excruciating, like an electric shock. The attacks can be so severe that you’re unable to do anything while they’re happening.

Trigeminal neuralgia usually affects one side of the face. In some cases it can affect both sides, although not usually at the same time.

The pain can be in the teeth, lower jaw, upper jaw or cheek. Less commonly the pain can also be in the forehead or eye.

You may sense when an attack is about to happen, although they usually start unexpectedly.

After the most severe pain has subsided you may experience a slight ache or burning feeling. You may also have a constant throbbing, aching or burning sensation between attacks.

You may experience regular episodes of pain for days, weeks or months at a time. Sometimes the pain may disappear completely and not return for several months or years. This is known as remission.

In severe cases of trigeminal neuralgia the attacks may happen hundreds of times a day and there may be no periods of remission.

Symptom triggers

Attacks of trigeminal neuralgia can be triggered by certain actions or movements, such as:

  • talking
  • smiling
  • chewing
  • brushing your teeth
  • washing your face
  • a light touch
  • shaving or putting on make-up
  • swallowing
  • kissing
  • a cool breeze or air conditioning
  • head movements
  • vibrations, such as walking or travelling in a car

However, pain can happen spontaneously with no trigger whatsoever.

Further problems

Living with trigeminal neuralgia can be very difficult and your quality of life can be significantly affected.

You may feel like avoiding activities such as washing, shaving or eating so you do not trigger the pain, and the fear of pain may mean you avoid social activities.

However, it’s important to try to live a normal life and be aware that becoming undernourished or dehydrated can make the pain worse.

The emotional strain of living with repeated episodes of pain can lead to psychological problems, such as depression. During periods of extreme pain some people may even consider suicide. Even when pain-free, you may live in fear of the pain returning.

Read more advice about coping with chronic pain.

When to see a GP

You should see a GP if you experience frequent or persistent facial pain, particularly if standard painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen do not help and a dentist has ruled out any dental causes.

Trigeminal neuralgia can be difficult to diagnose. The GP will try to identify the problem by asking about your symptoms and ruling out other conditions that could be responsible for your pain.

Read more about diagnosing trigeminal neuralgia.

Page last reviewed: 06 August 2019
Next review due: 06 August 2022

Trigeminal neuralgia – Treatment – NHS

Avoiding triggers

The painful attacks of trigeminal neuralgia can sometimes be brought on, or made worse, by certain triggers, so it may help to avoid these triggers if possible.

For example, if your pain is triggered by wind, it may help to wear a scarf wrapped around your face in windy weather. A transparent dome-shaped umbrella can also protect your face from the weather.

If your pain is triggered by a draught in a room, avoid sitting near open windows or the source of air conditioning.

Avoid hot, spicy or cold food or drink if these seem to trigger your pain. Using a straw to drink warm or cold drinks may also help prevent the liquid coming into contact with painful areas of your mouth.

It’s important to eat nourishing meals, so consider eating mushy foods or liquidising your meals if you’re having difficulty chewing.

Certain foods seem to trigger attacks in some people, so you may want to consider avoiding things such as caffeine, citrus fruits and bananas.


As painkillers like paracetamol are not effective in treating trigeminal neuralgia, you’ll usually be prescribed an anticonvulsant – a type of medicine used to treat epilepsy – to help control your pain.

Anticonvulsants were not originally designed to treat pain, but they can help to relieve nerve pain by slowing down electrical impulses in the nerves and reducing their ability to send pain messages.

They need to be taken regularly, not just when the pain attacks happen, but you can stop taking them if the episodes of pain cease and you’re in remission. 

Unless a GP or specialist tells you to take your medicine in a different way, it’s important to increase your dosage slowly. If the pain goes into remission, you can gradually reduce the dosage over the course of a few weeks. Taking too much too soon, or stopping the medicine too quickly can cause serious problems.

At the start, the GP will probably prescribe a type of anticonvulsant called carbamazepine, although a number of alternative anticonvulsants are available if this is ineffective or unsuitable.


The anticonvulsant carbamazepine is currently the only medicine licensed to treat trigeminal neuralgia in the UK. It can be very effective initially, but may become less effective over time.

You’ll usually need to take carbamazepine at a low dose once or twice a day, with the dose being gradually increased and taken up to 4 times a day until it provides satisfactory pain relief.

Carbamazepine often causes side effects, which may make it difficult for some people to take.

These include:

  • tiredness and sleepiness
  • dizziness (lightheadedness)
  • difficulty concentrating and memory problems
  • confusion
  • feeling unsteady on your feet
  • feeling and being sick
  • double vision
  • a reduced number of infection-fighting white blood cells (leukopenia)
  • allergic skin reactions, such as hives (urticaria)

You should speak to a GP if you experience any persistent or troublesome side effects while taking carbamazepine, particularly allergic skin reactions, as these could be dangerous.

Carbamazepine has also been linked to a number of less common but more serious side effects, including thoughts of self-harm or suicide.

Immediately report any suicidal feelings to a GP. If this is not possible, call NHS 111. 

Other medicines

Carbamazepine may stop working over time. In this case, or if you experience significant side effects while taking it, you should be referred to a specialist to consider alternative medicines or procedures.

There are a number of specialists you may be referred to for further treatment, including neurologists specialising in headaches, neurosurgeons, and pain medicine specialists.

In addition to carbamazepine, a number of other medicines have been used to treat trigeminal neuralgia, including:

None of these medicines are specifically licensed for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia, which means they have not undergone rigorous clinical trials to determine whether they’re effective and safe to treat the condition.

However, many specialists will prescribe an unlicensed medicine if they think it’s likely to be effective and the benefits of treatment outweigh any associated risks.

If your specialist prescribes you an unlicensed medicine to treat trigeminal neuralgia, they should inform you that it’s unlicensed and discuss the possible risks and benefits with you.

Read more about the licensing of medicines.

The side effects associated with most of these medicines can initially be quite difficult to cope with.

Not everyone experiences side effects, but if you do, try to persevere as they often diminish with time or at least until the next dosage increase.

Talk to a GP if you’re finding the side effects very troublesome.

Surgery and procedures

If medicine does not adequately control your symptoms or is causing persistently troublesome side effects, you may be referred to a specialist to discuss the different surgical and non-surgical options available to you.

A number of procedures have been used to treat trigeminal neuralgia, so discuss the potential benefits and risks of each one with your specialist before you make a decision.

There’s no guarantee that any of these procedures will work for you. However, if a procedure is successful, you will no longer need to take pain medicines unless the pain returns.

If one procedure does not work, you can try another procedure, or keep taking medicines for the short term or permanently.

Some of the procedures that can be used to treat trigeminal neuralgia are outlined below.

Percutaneous procedures

There are a number of procedures that can offer some relief from the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, at least temporarily, by inserting a needle or thin tube through the cheek and into the trigeminal nerve inside the skull.

These are known as percutaneous procedures. X-rays of your head and neck are taken to help guide the needle or tube into the correct place while you’re heavily sedated with medicine or under a general anaesthetic, where you’re unconscious.

Percutaneous procedures to treat trigeminal neuralgia include:

  • glycerol injections – where a medicine called glycerol is injected around the Gasserian ganglion, where the 3 main branches of the trigeminal nerve join together
  • radiofrequency lesioning – where a needle is used to apply heat directly to the Gasserian ganglion
  • balloon compression – where a tiny balloon is passed along a thin tube that has been inserted through the cheek. The balloon is then inflated around the Gasserian ganglion to squeeze it; the balloon is then removed

These procedures work by deliberately injuring or damaging the trigeminal nerve, which is thought to disrupt the pain signals travelling along it. You’re usually able to go home the same day.

Overall, these procedures are similarly effective in relieving trigeminal neuralgia pain, although there can be complications with each. These vary depending on the procedure and the individual.

The pain relief will usually only last a few years or, in some cases, a few months. Sometimes these procedures do not work at all.

The major side effect of these procedures is numbness in part or all of one side of the face, which can vary from being very numb or just pins and needles.

The sensation, which can be permanent, is often similar to the feeling you have after an injection at the dentist. You can also develop a combination of numbness and continuous pain called anaesthesia dolorosa, which is virtually untreatable, however this is very rare.

These procedures also carry a risk of other short- and long-term side effects and complications, including bleeding, facial bruising, eye problems and impaired hearing on the affected side. Very rarely, it can cause a stroke.

Stereotactic radiosurgery

Stereotactic radiosurgery is a fairly new treatment that uses a concentrated beam of radiation to deliberately damage the trigeminal nerve where it enters the brainstem.

Stereotactic radiosurgery does not require a general anaesthetic and no cuts (incisions) are made in your cheek.

A metal frame is attached to your head with 4 pins inserted around your scalp – a local anaesthetic is used to numb the areas where these are inserted.

Your head, including the frame, is held in a large machine for 1 to 2 hours while the radiation is given. The frame and pins are then removed, and you’re able to go home after a short rest.

It can take a few weeks – or sometimes many months – to notice any change after stereotactic radiosurgery, but it can offer pain relief for some people for several months or years.

Facial numbness and pins and needles in the face are the most common complications associated with stereotactic radiosurgery. These side effects can be permanent and, in some cases, very troublesome.

Microvascular decompression

Microvascular decompression (MVD) is an operation that can help relieve trigeminal neuralgia pain without intentionally damaging the trigeminal nerve.

The procedure relieves the pressure placed on the trigeminal nerve by blood vessels that are touching the nerve or are wrapped around it.

MVD is a major procedure that involves opening the skull, and is carried out under general anaesthetic by a neurosurgeon.

A surgeon makes an incision in your scalp, behind your ear, and removes a small piece of skull bone. They then separate the blood vessel(s) from the trigeminal nerve using an artificial pad or a sling constructed from adjoining tissue.

Many people find this surgery is effective at easing or completely stopping the pain of trigeminal neuralgia.

It provides the longest lasting relief, with some studies suggesting that pain returns in about 3 out of 10 cases within 10 to 20 years of surgery.

Currently, MVD is the closest possible cure for trigeminal neuralgia. However, it’s an invasive procedure and carries a risk of potentially serious complications, such as facial numbness, hearing loss, stroke and even death in around 1 in every 200 cases.

Further information and support

Living with a long-term and painful condition, such as trigeminal neuralgia, can be very difficult.

You may find it useful to contact a local or national support group, such as the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK, for more information and advice about living with the condition, and to get in touch with other people who have the condition to talk to them about their experiences.

A number of research projects are running both in the UK and abroad to find the cause of trigeminal neuralgia and develop new treatments and new medicines, so there’s hope for the future.

Trigeminal neuralgia – Diagnosis – NHS

As the pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia is often felt in the jaw, teeth or gums, many people with the condition visit a dentist before going to a GP.

The dentist will ask you about your symptoms and give you a dental X-ray to help them investigate your facial pain. They’ll look for common causes of facial pain, such as a dental infection or cracked tooth.

Trigeminal neuralgia is often diagnosed by a dentist, but if you have seen a dentist and they could not find an obvious cause of your pain, you should visit a GP.

Seeing a GP

There’s no specific test for trigeminal neuralgia, so a diagnosis is usually based on your symptoms and description of the pain.

If you’ve experienced attacks of facial pain, the GP will ask you questions about your symptoms, such as:

  • how often do the pain attacks happen
  • how long do the pain attacks last
  • which areas of your face are affected

The GP will consider other possible causes of your pain and may also examine your head and jaw to identify which parts are painful.

Ruling out other conditions

An important part of the process of diagnosing trigeminal neuralgia involves ruling out other conditions that cause facial pain.

By asking about your symptoms and carrying out an examination, the GP may be able to rule out other conditions, such as:

The GP will also ask about your medical, personal and family history when trying to find the cause of your pain.

For example, you’re less likely to have trigeminal neuralgia if you’re under 40 years old. Multiple sclerosis (MS) may be a more likely cause if you have a family history of the condition or you have some other form of this condition.

However, trigeminal neuralgia is very unlikely to be the first symptom of MS.

MRI scans

If the GP is not sure about your diagnosis or you have unusual symptoms, they may refer you for an MRI scan of your head.

An MRI scan uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the inside of your body.

It can help identify potential causes of your facial pain, such as inflammation of the lining of the sinuses (sinusitis), tumours on one of the facial nerves, or nerve damage caused by MS.

An MRI scan may also be able to detect whether a blood vessel in your head is compressing one of the trigeminal nerves, which is thought to be the most common cause of trigeminal neuralgia.

Page last reviewed: 06 August 2019
Next review due: 06 August 2022

Trigeminal Neuralgia – Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN), also known as tic douloureux, is sometimes described as the most excruciating pain known to humanity. The pain typically involves the lower face and jaw, although sometimes it affects the area around the nose and above the eye. This intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain is caused by irritation of the trigeminal nerve, which sends branches to the forehead, cheek and lower jaw. It usually is limited to one side of the face. The pain can be triggered by an action as routine and minor as brushing your teeth, eating or the wind. Attacks may begin mild and short, but if left untreated, trigeminal neuralgia can progressively worsen.

Although trigeminal neuralgia cannot always be cured, there are treatments available to alleviate the debilitating pain. Normally, anticonvulsive medications are the first treatment choice. Surgery can be an effective option for those who become unresponsive to medications or for those who suffer serious side effects from the medications.

The Trigeminal Nerve

The trigeminal nerve is one set of the cranial nerves in the head. It is the nerve responsible for providing sensation to the face. One trigeminal nerve runs to the right side of the head, while the other runs to the left. Each of these nerves has three distinct branches. “Trigeminal” derives from the Latin word “tria,” which means three, and “geminus,” which means twin. After the trigeminal nerve leaves the brain and travels inside the skull, it divides into three smaller branches, controlling sensations throughout the face:

  • Ophthalmic Nerve (V1): The first branch controls sensation in a person’s eye, upper eyelid and forehead.
  • Maxillary Nerve (V2): The second branch controls sensation in the lower eyelid, cheek, nostril, upper lip and upper gum.
  • Mandibular Nerve (V3): The third branch controls sensations in the jaw, lower lip, lower gum and some of the muscles used for chewing.

Prevalence and Incidence

It is reported that 150,000 people are diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia (TN) every year. While the disorder can occur at any age, it is most common in people over the age of 50. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) notes that TN is twice as common in women than in men. A form of TN is associated with multiple sclerosis (MS).


There are two types of TN — primary and secondary. The exact cause of TN is still unknown, but the pain associated with it represents an irritation of the nerve. Primary trigeminal neuralgia has been linked to the compression of the nerve, typically in the base of the head where the brain meets the spinal cord. This is usually due to contact between a healthy artery or vein and the trigeminal nerve at the base of the brain. This places pressure on the nerve as it enters the brain and causes the nerve to misfire. Secondary TN is caused by pressure on the nerve from a tumor, MS, a cyst, facial injury or another medical condition that damages the myelin sheaths.


Most patients report that their pain begins spontaneously and seemingly out of nowhere. Other patients say their pain follows a car accident, a blow to the face or dental work. In the cases of dental work, it is more likely that the disorder was already developing and then caused the initial symptoms to be triggered. Pain often is first experienced along the upper or lower jaw, so many patients assume they have a dental abscess. Some patients see their dentists and actually have a root canal performed, which inevitably brings no relief. When the pain persists, patients realize the problem is not dental-related.

The pain of TN is defined as either type 1 (TN1) or type 2 (TN2). TN1 is characterized by intensely sharp, throbbing, sporadic, burning or shock-like pain around the eyes, lips, nose, jaw, forehead and scalp. TN1 can get worse resulting in more pain spells that last longer. TN2 pain often is present as a constant, burning, aching and may also have stabbing less intense than TN1.

TN tends to run in cycles. Patients often suffer long stretches of frequent attacks, followed by weeks, months or even years of little or no pain. The usual pattern, however, is for the attacks to intensify over time with shorter pain-free periods. Some patients suffer less than one attack a day, while others experience a dozen or more every hour. The pain typically begins with a sensation of electrical shocks that culminates in an excruciating stabbing pain within less than 20 seconds. The pain often leaves patients with uncontrollable facial twitching, which is why the disorder is also known as tic douloureux.

Pain can be focused in one spot or it can spread throughout the face. Typically, it is only on one side of the face; however, in rare occasions and sometimes when associated with multiple sclerosis, patients may feel pain in both sides of their face. Pain areas include the cheeks, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, eyes and forehead.

Attacks of TN may be triggered by the following:

  • Touching the skin lightly
  • Washing
  • Shaving
  • Brushing teeth
  • Blowing the nose
  • Drinking hot or cold beverages
  • Encountering a light breeze
  • Applying makeup
  • Smiling
  • Talking

The symptoms of several pain disorders are similar to those of trigeminal neuralgia. The most common mimicker of TN is trigeminal neuropathic pain (TNP). TNP results from an injury or damage to the trigeminal nerve. TNP pain is generally described as being constant, dull and burning. Attacks of sharp pain can also occur, commonly triggered by touch. Additional mimickers include:


TN can be very difficult to diagnose, because there are no specific diagnostic tests and symptoms are very similar to other facial pain disorders. Therefore, it is important to seek medical care when feeling unusual, sharp pain around the eyes, lips, nose, jaw, forehead and scalp, especially if you have not had dental or other facial surgery recently. The patient should begin by addressing the problem with their primary care physician. They may refer the patient to a specialist later. 


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can detect if a tumor or MS is affecting the trigeminal nerve. A high-resolution, thin-slice or three-dimensional MRI can reveal if there is compression caused by a blood vessel. Newer scanning techniques can show if a vessel is pressing on the nerve and may even show the degree of compression. Compression due to veins is not as easily identified on these scans. Tests can help rule out other causes of facial disorders. TN usually is diagnosed based on the description of the symptoms provided by the patient, detailed patient history and clinical evaluation. There are no specific diagnostic tests for TN, so physicians must rely heavily on symptoms and history. Physicians base their diagnosis on the type pain (sudden, quick and shock-like), the location of the pain and things that trigger the pain. Physical and neurological examinations may also be done in which the doctor will touch and examine parts of your face to better understand where the pain is located.


Non-Surgical Treatments

There are several effective ways to alleviate the pain, including a variety of medications. Medications are generally started at low doses and increased gradually based on patient’s response to the drug.

  • Carbamazepine, an anticonvulsant drug, is the most common medication that doctors use to treat TN. In the early stages of the disease, carbamazepine controls pain for most people. When a patient shows no relief from this medication, a physician has cause to doubt whether TN is present. However, the effectiveness of carbamazepine decreases over time. Possible side effects include dizziness, double vision, drowsiness and nausea.
  • Gabapentin, an anticonvulsant drug, which is most commonly used to treat epilepsy or migraines can also treat TN. Side effects of this drug are minor and include dizziness and/or drowsiness which go away on their own.
  • Oxcarbazepine, a newer medication, has been used more recently as the first line of treatment. It is structurally related to carbamazepine and may be preferred, because it generally has fewer side effects. Possible side effects include dizziness and double vision.

Other medications include: baclofen, amitriptyline, nortriptyline, pregabalin, phenytoin, valproic acid, clonazepam, sodium valporate, lamotrigine, topiramate, phenytoin and opioids.

There are drawbacks to these medications, other than side effects. Some patients may need relatively high doses to alleviate the pain, and the side effects can become more pronounced at higher doses. Anticonvulsant drugs may lose their effectiveness over time. Some patients may need a higher dose to reduce the pain or a second anticonvulsant, which can lead to adverse drug reactions. Many of these drugs can have a toxic effect on some patients, particularly people with a history of bone marrow suppression and kidney and liver toxicity. These patients must have their blood monitored to ensure their safety.


If medications have proven ineffective in treating TN, several surgical procedures may help control the pain. Surgical treatment is divided into two categories: 1) open cranial surgery or 2) lesioning procedures. In general, open surgery is performed for patients found to have pressure on the trigeminal nerve from a nearby blood vessel, which can be diagnosed with imaging of the brain, such as a special MRI. This surgery is thought to take away the underlying problem causing the TN. In contrast, lesioning procedures include interventions that injure the trigeminal nerve on purpose, in order to prevent the nerve from delivering pain to the face. The effects of lesioning may be shorter lasting and in some keys may result in numbness to the face.

Open Surgery

Microvascular decompression involves microsurgical exposure of the trigeminal nerve root, identification of a blood vessel that may be compressing the nerve and gentle movement of the blood vessel away from the point of compression. Decompression may reduce sensitivity and allow the trigeminal nerve to recover and return to a more normal, pain-free condition. While this generally is the most effective surgery, it also is the most invasive, because it requires opening the skull through a craniotomy. There is a small risk of decreased hearing, facial weakness, facial numbness, double vision, stroke or death.

Lesioning Procedures

Percutaneous radiofrequency rhizotomy treats TN through the use of electrocoagulation (heat). It can relieve nerve pain by destroying the part of the nerve that causes pain and suppressing the pain signal to the brain. The surgeon passes a hollow needle through the cheek into the trigeminal nerve. A heating current, which is passed through an electrode, destroys some of the nerve fibers.

Percutaneous balloon compression utilizes a needle that is passed through the cheek to the trigeminal nerve. The neurosurgeon places a balloon in the trigeminal nerve through a catheter. The balloon is inflated where fibers produce pain. The balloon compresses the nerve, injuring the pain-causing fibers, and is then removed.

Percutaneous glycerol rhizotomy utilizes glycerol injected through a needle into the area where the nerve divides into three main branches. The goal is to damage the nerve selectively in order to interfere with the transmission of the pain signals to the brain.

Stereotactic radiosurgery (through such procedures as Gamma Knife, Cyberknife, Linear Accelerator (LINAC) delivers a single highly concentrated dose of ionizing radiation to a small, precise target at the trigeminal nerve root. This treatment is noninvasive and avoids many of the risks and complications of open surgery and other treatments. Over a period of time and as a result of radiation exposure, the slow formation of a lesion in the nerve interrupts transmission of pain signals to the brain.

Overall, the benefits of surgery or lesioning techniques should always be weighed carefully against its risks. Although a large percentage of TN patients report pain relief after procedures, there is no guarantee that they will help every individual.


For patients with TNP, another surgical procedure can be done that includes placement of one or more electrodes in the soft tissue near the nerves, under the skull on the covering of the brain and sometimes deeper into the brain, to deliver electrical stimulation to the part of the brain responsible for sensation of the face. In peripheral nerve stimulation, the leads are placed under the skin on branches of the trigeminal nerve. In motor cortex stimulation (MCS), the area which innervates the face is stimulated. In deep brain stimulation (DBS), regions that affect sensation pathways to the face may be stimulated.

How to Prepare for a Neurosurgical Appointment

  • Write down symptoms. This should include: What the pain feels like (for example, is it sharp, shooting, aching, burning or other), where exactly the pain is located (lower jaw, cheek, eye/forehead), if it is accompanied by other symptoms (headache, numbness, facial spasms), duration of pain (weeks, months, years), pain-free intervals (longest period of time without pain or in between episodes), severity of pain (0=no pain, 10=worst pain)
  • Note any triggers of pain (e.g. brushing teeth, touching face, cold air)
  • Make a list of medications and surgeries related to the face pain (prior medications, did they work, were there side effects), current medications (duration and dose)
  • Write down questions in advance
  • Understand that the diagnosis and treatment process for TN is not simple. Having realistic expectations can greatly improve overall outcomes.


Patients should follow-up with their primary care providers and specialists regularly to maintain their treatment. Typically, neuromodulation surgical patients are asked to return to the clinic every few months in the year following the surgery. During these visits, they may adjust the stimulation settings and assess the patient’s recovery from surgery. Routinely following-up with a doctor ensures that the care is correct and effective. Patients who undergo any form of neurostimulation surgery will also follow-up with a device representative who will adjust the device settings and parameters as needed alongside their doctors.

Latest Research

Currently Recruiting

Recently Published

  • Gao J, Zhao C, Jiang W, Zheng B, He Y. Effect of Acupuncture on Cognitive Function and Quality of Life in Patients With Idiopathic Trigeminal Neuralgia. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2019 Mar;207(3). This study investigated how trigeminal neuralgia patients improved with accupuncture therapy. The study concluded that accupuncture can be used as an alterantive treatment for trigeminal neuralgia to improve patient’s quality of life.
  • Heinskou TB, Maarbjerg S, Wolfram F, Rochat P, Brennum J, Olesen J, Bendtsen L. Favourable prognosis of trigeminal neuralgia when enrolled in a multidisciplinary management program – a two-year prospective real-life study. J Headache Pain. 2019 Mar 4;20(1):23. This is a long-term observational study which looked at how patients with trigeminal neuralgia are medically managed. The study concluded that patients who are enrolled in a medical management program providing them with continous education, optimization of treatment, and support have better pain relief.

Resources for More Information

The following websites offer additional information on TN and its causes, treatment options, support and more (Note: These sites are not under the auspice of the AANS, and their listing here should not be seen as an endorsement of the sites or their content. )

Author Information

Patient Pages are authored by neurosurgical professionals, with the goal of providing useful information to the public.

Julie G. Pilitsis, MD, PhD
Chair, Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics
Professor, Neurosurgery and Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics
Albany Medical College

Olga Khazen
Research Coordinator, Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics
Albany Medical College


The AANS does not endorse any treatments, procedures, products or physicians referenced in these patient fact sheets. This information provided is an educational service and is not intended to serve as medical advice. Anyone seeking specific neurosurgical advice or assistance should consult his or her neurosurgeon, or locate one in your area through the AANS’ Find a Board-certified Neurosurgeon online tool.

Trigeminal neuralgia: Symptoms, causes, and treatment

Trigeminal neuralgia is a nerve disorder of the face. It causes abrupt, searing facial pain, especially in the lower face and jaw and around the nose, ears, eyes, or lips.

Also known as tic douloureaux,it is thought to be one of the most painful human conditions.

Neuralgia refers to severe pain along the course of a nerve, due to nerve irritation or damage. Trigeminal neuralgia affects the trigeminal nerve, one of the most wide-reaching nerves in the head.

In the United States (U.S.), approximately 14,000 people develop the condition annually, and 140,000 people currently live with the condition. It is thought to affect about one million people worldwide.

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Trigeminal neuralgia is a type of non-nociceptive pain.

Pain can be nociceptive and non-nociceptive.

  • Nociceptive pain happens when an external stimulus triggers specific pain receptors in the nervous system, for example, the pain caused by a burn.
  • Non-nociceptive pain results from damage or irritation to the nerves or a fault in the nervous system. The nerves themselves are sending pain messages to the brain.

Neuralgia is a type of non-nociceptive pain, and trigeminal neuralgia is non-nociceptive pain caused by the trigeminal or 5th cranial nerve in the face.

People with neuralgia describe it as a short-lived but intense burning or stabbing pain. It may feel as if the pain is shooting along the course of the affected nerve. Although the pain is brief, trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic condition, which gets worse in time.

Bouts of pain can last a few minutes, usually on one side of the face.

Trigeminal neuralgia is twice as common in women than men, and it is more likely after the age of 50 years.

One or more of the following symptoms may occur:

  • intermittent twinges of mild pain lasting from a few seconds to several minutes
  • severe episodes of searing, shooting, jabbing pain that feel like electric shocks
  • sudden attacks of pain triggered by stimuli that are usually not painful, such as by touching the face, chewing, speaking, or brushing the teeth
  • spasms of pain which last from a couple of seconds to a couple of minutes
  • episodes of cluster attacks, which may last much longer, but between them, there may be no pain
  • pain wherever the trigeminal nerve and its branches may reach, including the forehead, eyes, lips, gums, teeth, jaw, and cheek
  • pain in one side of the face, or, less frequently, both sides
  • pain that is focused in one spot or spreads in a wider pattern
  • attacks of pain that occur more regularly and intensely over time
  • tingling or numbness in the face before pain develops

Attacks of pain may occur hundreds of times each day in severe cases. Some patients may have no symptoms for months or years between attacks.

Some patients will have specific points on their face that trigger pain when if touched.

Area of pain

The area of pain will be based on the three branches of the trigeminal nerve:

  • Ophthalmic: Affects the forehead, nose, and eyes
  • Maxillary: Affects the lower eyelid, side of nose, cheek, gum, lip, and upper teeth
  • Mandibular: Affects the jaw, lower teeth, gum, and lower lip

Trigeminal neuralgia sometimes affects more than one branch at a time.

Atypical trigeminal neuralgia

Atypical trigeminal neuralgia is a variation on typical trigeminal neuralgia. Pain may be described as burning, aching, or cramping, rather than sharp or stabbing.

It may occur on one side of the face, often in the region of the trigeminal nerve, and can extend into the upper neck or the back of the scalp. The pain can fluctuate in intensity from a mild ache to a crushing or burning sensation.

The atypical presentation of trigeminal neuralgia is harder to diagnose.

The main cause of trigeminal neuralgia is blood vessels pressing on the root of the trigeminal nerve.

This makes the nerve transmit pain signals that are experienced as stabbing pains. Pressure on this nerve may also be caused by a tumor or multiple sclerosis (MS).

Other causes may include:

  • Multiple sclerosis: This is due to demyelinization of the nerve. Trigeminal neuralgia typically appears in the advanced stages of multiple sclerosis.
  • A tumor presses against the trigeminal nerve: This is a rare cause.
  • Physical damage to the nerve: This could be the result of injury, a dental or surgical procedure, or infection.
  • Family history: The formation of blood vessels is inherited.

Sometimes the cause remains unknown.

If an individual’s symptoms indicate trigeminal neuralgia, a doctor will examine their face to determine the affected areas.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan may help eliminate other conditions with similar symptoms, such as tooth decay, a tumor, or sinusitis. However, an MRI is unlikely to show the exact cause of nerve irritation.

The main treatments for trigeminal neuralgia involve prescribed medications and surgery.


Medications are available to treat trigeminal neuralgia, but these may become less effective over time.

There is also a risk of undesirable side effects. In these cases, surgery may be the best option.


Painkillers, such as paracetamol, will not relieve the pain of trigeminal neuralgia. Doctors, therefore, prescribe anticonvulsant medication. These are normally used to prevent seizures, but they can also reduce or block the pain signals sent to the brain. They do this by calming the nerve impulses.

The most common anticonvulsants for trigeminal neuralgia are:

  • carbamazepine (Tegretol, Carbatrol, Epitol)
  • phenytoin (Dilantin)
  • gabapentin (Neurontin)
  • topiramate (Topamax)
  • valproic acid (Depakene, Depakote)
  • lamotrigine (Lamictal)

Sometimes the anticonvulsant loses its effectiveness over time. If this happens, the doctor might increase the dosage or switch to another anticonvulsant.

Side effects of anticonvulsants include:

Make sure that you are not allergic to these medications, and consult with your doctor about any allergies.

Antispasticity agents

Baclofen is a muscle-relaxing agent. It can be prescribed alone or combined with anticonvulsants. Adverse effects include nausea, drowsiness, and confusion.

Alcohol injection

This numbs the affected areas of the face and provides temporary pain relief. The doctor injects alcohol into the painful part of the face. The patient may require either further injections or a more permanent solution later on.


Surgery for trigeminal neuralgia aims to:

  • stop a vein or artery from pressing against the trigeminal nerve
  • damage the trigeminal nerve so that the uncontrolled pain signals stop

Damaging the nerve may lead to temporary or permanent facial numbness. Surgery can provide relief, but symptoms may return months or years later.

There are a number of surgical options for trigeminal neuralgia.

Microvascular decompression

Microvascular decompression (MVD) involves relocating or removing the blood vessel that is pressing on the root of the trigeminal nerve.

The surgeon makes a small incision behind the ear on the side of the head near the location of the pain. A small hole is made in the skull, and the brain is lifted, exposing the trigeminal nerve. A pad is placed between the nerve and any touching arteries, effectively redirecting them away from the nerve.

If no blood vessels are pressing against the nerve, the nerve may instead be severed.

MVD can be effective at eliminating or reducing pain, but sometimes the pain returns. There is also a small risk of some hearing loss, facial weakness, facial numbness, and double vision.

The procedure carries a very small risk of stroke and fatality.

Percutaneous glycerol rhizotomy

Percutaneous glycerol rhizotomy (PGR) is also known as a glycerol injection. A needle is inserted through the face and into an opening at the base of the skull. Imaging techniques guide the needle to the joining point of the three branches of the trigeminal nerve.

A small amount of sterile glycerol is injected. Within a few hours, the trigeminal nerve is damaged, and pain signals are blocked.

Most people experience significant pain relief with PGR, but pain may recur later. Many patients experience facial tingling or numbness.

Percutaneous balloon compression of the trigeminal nerve

A balloon is sent down a hollow needle for inflation next to the nerve. This damages the nerve and blocks uncontrolled signals.

The procedure is effective, but the pain may return. Most patients experience some facial numbness and over half experience temporary or permanent weakness of the muscles used for chewing.

Percutaneous stereotactic radiofrequency thermal rhizotomy

This procedure uses electrical currents to destroy specifically selected nerve fibers linked to pain.

An electrode is attached to the nerve root under sedation. The patient is woken from sedation to identify whether they can feel the electrical pulses and put back under while the electrodes heat up and destroy the nerve.

Most patients undergoing PSRTR will experience some facial numbness afterward.

Partial sensory rhizotomy

The doctor makes a small hole in the skull and severs the nerve. As the base of the nerve is severed, the patient will have permanent facial numbness. Sometimes the doctor rubs the nerve instead of severing it.

Gamma-knife radiosurgery

A high dose of radiation is aimed at the root of the trigeminal nerve, gradually resulting in nerve damage and pain reduction. The patient will experience slowly improving pain relief over several weeks. Initial benefits may take several weeks to appear.

GKR is effective for most patients. However, some may experience a recurrence of pain later on.

There are no guidelines for preventing the development of trigeminal neuralgia. However, the following steps may help prevent attacks once diagnosed:

  • eating soft foods
  • avoiding foods that are too cold or hot
  • washing your face with lukewarm water
  • using cotton pads when washing your face
  • if tooth brushing triggers an attack, rinsing your mouth with lukewarm water after eating
  • as far as possible, avoiding known triggers

Trigeminal neuralgia can be debilitating, but managing the symptoms can drastically improve the quality of life.

TMJ Disorder Symptoms – Rockwall, TX – Rockwall Family Dentistry

Whether you are experiencing headaches, jaw pain, hindered jaw movement, or another side effect, these symptoms can be greatly improved through our wide range of treatments.

Also, your pain could be localized or it could radiate across your lower face and into your neck, shoulders, and upper back. Inflammation can also affect the function of your jaw joints, making them very stiff. In some cases, the stiffness may be so severe that you are unable to open or close your mouth fully. Even in less serious instances, you may find it difficult to eat certain foods.

TMJ-induced Headaches

Some patients who suffer from chronic headaches never think to associate them with jaw health. However, soreness in the jaw can spread to the surrounding areas. Therefore, headaches are one of the most common symptoms of TMD. In fact, you could suffer from TMD-related headaches without actually developing any jaw pain. While migraine medications may provide temporary respite, they will merely cover up the symptoms. For this reason, it is important to visit our TMJ specialist to address the root cause of the problem and find pain relief.

Ear Pain and Tinnitus

The nerves to your ears run along your jaw joints. Therefore, just as inflammation can quickly spread to other muscles in your head, it can also affect your ears. You may experience a dull, throbbing ache. Alternatively, you could have sharp, stabbing pains in your ears, particularly when you are biting or chewing. You could also develop tinnitus, or ringing in your ears. In the most serious cases, this symptom could dramatically affect your hearing. Fortunately, TMD-related tinnitus is not permanent, and appropriate jaw therapy can typically restore your hearing.

Other TMJ Disorder Symptoms

In addition to the symptoms above, you could experience several other effects of TMD.

  • Irritability: Constant pain can greatly affect your mood.
  • Chronic exhaustion: TMD and sleep apnea often go hand-in-hand. Therefore, while fatigue is not a direct symptom of TMJ disorder, it may help us diagnose the condition.
  • Dental damage: If your TMD is the result of chronic teeth grinding, you may notice significant enamel erosion, small cracks in your teeth, and structural damage. 
  • Clicking in your jaw: TMD can sometimes develop if the soft discs inside your joints slip out of position, causing the bones to rub against one another. As a result, you may hear a popping or clicking sound when you open and close your mouth.

Alleviate Your Pain Today

Whether you are experiencing headaches, jaw pain, hindered jaw movement, or another side effect, these symptoms can be greatly improved through our wide range of treatments. Contact Rockwall Family Dentistry today to discuss your symptoms and begin designing a custom TMD treatment plan.

Trigeminal neuralgia: The pain in your jaw might not be your teeth

If you were feeling pain along your jaw, your first thought might be that you need to see your dentist, who may think you have a dental abscess and could even perform a root canal. When the pain persists, eventually you may realize the problem is not your teeth after all. This could go on for years before you are finally diagnosed with a nerve disorder called trigeminal neuralgia. For some, this story sounds familiar.

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke estimates that 150,000 people are diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia every year. While the disorder can occur at any age, it is most common in people over the age of 50 and more prevalent in women than in men.

Often, trigeminal neuralgia causes a jabbing or shooting pain in the jaw that might feel like an electric shock. The condition affects the trigeminal nerve, which is how the brain receives sensory information from your face. Contact between the nerve and a normal blood vessel, such as a vein or artery, will lead to a disruption in the signal to the brain. This malfunction triggers a sharp, electric, shock-like pain in the jaw and cheek areas.

What causes it

Conditions leading to trigeminal neuralgia can occur as a result of aging, multiple sclerosis, or other problems that affect the sheath covering certain nerves. In some instances, it can be the result of a tumor pressing on the nerve and short-circuiting its function.

“It is a very painful condition that usually affects one side of the face, typically the cheek or jaw” Aqueel Pabaney, MD, a neurosurgeon with Kettering Health, explains. “It is caused when one of the blood vessels at the base of the brain come in close contact with the nerve that supplies sensation to the face.”

Attacks of pain can be triggered by just touching the face, and they last from just a moment to several minutes. Those who suffer from the disorder might experience a jolt of severe pain from even the mildest touch, such as applying makeup or brushing their teeth.

How it’s diagnosed

Some people live with the condition for many years before seeking any kind of treatment. If you experience prolonged or regularly recurring bouts of facial pain that go unrelieved by over-the-counter medications, that is a sure sign that it is time to see a doctor.

While it is helpful for a patient to be seen and evaluated by a dentist to rule out a dental issue, the problem can be readily differentiated from dental pain. Typically, the pain is sharp and brought on by talking, chewing, touching or washing the face, air hitting the face, and so on. A brain lesion or other neurological abnormality might also result in trigeminal neuralgia, as might surgical injuries, facial or jaw trauma, and even stroke.

How it’s treated

Once diagnosed, there are a number of treatment options including medications, surgery, and radiation.

While surgery may sound intimidating, it is highly effective for treating trigeminal neuralgia. One of the most common procedures is a surgical treatment called microvascular decompression (MVD).

“This procedure takes about two hours and involves making a small hole in the skull behind the ear to access the trigeminal nerve,” said Dr. Pabaney. “We then move away from the offending blood vessel that’s pressing on the nerve, and the nerve is padded to avoid future contact.”

One of the most advanced forms of treatment for trigeminal neuralgia uses Gamma Knife Perfexion ™ radiosurgery technology. Radiosurgery delivers highly focused beams of radiation to an abnormality in the brain without a knife or surgical incision. With such a precise and accurate delivery of the radiation, only the abnormality is treated without disturbing the surrounding healthy tissue.

Radiosurgery with Gamma Knife has been offered by Kettering Health Main Campus since 1999 and has provided treatment for more than 500,000 patients. These painless, incision-free procedures are performed with the highest level of computerized planning and help to reduce risks that come with traditional surgical procedures.

If you’ve been experiencing unexplained facial or jaw pain, it might be time to have a specialist evaluate the problem. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Kettering Health Brain & Spine at 1-844-211-5482.

Pain under the jaw

Pain under the jaw

may result from mechanical stress or an acquired disease. The danger of pain under the jaw lies in a whole list of possible consequences that are responsible not only for the integrity of the jaw itself, but also for the hard palate, nasal cavity and even eyes.

In case of pain under the jaw, it is necessary to consult a doctor such as a surgeon, neurologist, dentist, in order to avoid unpleasant consequences.Why should these doctors be consulted?

Pain under the jaw can be provoked by causes that are related to trauma, dental and neuralgic reasons, which we will consider in more detail below.

Causes of pain under the jaw

So, on what basis can there be pain under the jaw?

  • Fractures of the lower jaw. This is possible due to a strong blow to the face area, an accidental accident, during which a fracture is possible.A severe head injury can fracture both jaws at the same time, that is, the upper and lower jaws.
  • Fractures are divided into several groups:

    • direct and reflected;
    • single and multiple;
    • with and without offset;
    • comminuted;
    • open and closed.

    If the lower jaw is broken, then the person experiences severe pain under it; the result is “on the face”: swelling of the soft facial tissues, hemorrhage; it hurts or is impossible to chew.

  • Osteomyelitis of the jaws is a disease based on an infectious and inflammatory process that affects all parts of the jaw bone. Osteomyelitis has several types:
    • traumatic,
    • hematogenous,
    • odontogenic.

    The last type of osteomyelitis is formed as a result of violations of the microflora of the dental root canals and periodontal pockets. The causative agents of odontogenic osteomyelitis are staphylococci, streptococci, anaerobes.

    Acute osteomyelitis is defined by symptoms such as painful throbbing under the jaw, chills, temperature reaching 40 degrees, headache.

    In this case, it is necessary to identify the “problem” tooth, where there is a necrotic pulp or filling. It is not difficult to detect it as the adjacent teeth “move”, and in this place a sharp pain is felt. At the same time, the face becomes swollen and asymmetrical. The lymph nodes acquire a painful and enlarged character.

    The following consequences are possible: abscess, phlegmon.

    The state of the blood also changes not for the better: an increased level of ESR, neutrophilic leukocytosis.

    It is difficult to say about the general state of health, since everything depends on the complexity of the disease.

  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction provokes pain syndromes in several areas:
    • lower jaw,
    • in front of the ear,
    • forehead,
    • cheek.

    It also has other characteristic features, which mainly include:

    • click,
    • limited movement.

    The pain itself is based on myofascial syndrome in the masseter muscle, malocclusion, inflammatory or degenerative changes in the joint.

  • Sharp and strong impulses provoked by the affected cranial nerves have a serious consequence – cranial neuralgia.In most cases, we are talking about neuralgia of the ternary nerve.
  • A variant of neuralgia of the superior laryngeal nerve is possible, where the main characteristics include:
    • paroxysmal unilateral or bilateral pain in the larynx area and in the corner of the lower jaw,
    • radiating pain near the eye, ear, chest, shoulder girdle,
    • hiccups, yawning, hypersalivation, cough, pain when swallowing.
  • A very rare occurrence – glossopharyngeal neuralgia.
  • This disease is characterized by paroxysmal pain, which, as a rule, originates at the root of the tongue or tonsils and covers the larynx, ear, and the corner of the jaw. There are times when the pain syndrome spreads to the eyeball. It is extremely rare that pain occurs in the neck. Attacks of pain appear suddenly at the moment of movements of the pharynx or tongue, namely, during swallowing or talking. The duration of pain attacks is approximately 1 – 3 minutes, and the pain is burning and shooting.The attack is accompanied by dry mouth, dry cough. Enhanced salivation occurs after an attack. The patient usually keeps his head on his side, that is, the tilt occurs in the direction where his pain points are.

  • With neuralgia of the ear node, the patient complains of paroxysmal pain, the duration of which reaches 1 hour, in the temple area, starting from the external auditory canal under the lower jaw. Plus, the disease provokes “clicking” in the ear. Pain can occur while taking hot or cold dishes, as well as at the time of hypothermia of the face.
  • Arteritis is a lesion of the facial artery.
  • Symptoms include burning pain that begins in the lower or upper jaw, where the end point is the corner of the eye.

  • Carotidinia is due to inflammation of the carotid arteries. In the case of this disease, a person has pains that take place in the neck, face, teeth, under the lower jaw, in the ear. The pain lasts for several hours.
  • Odontogenic pain under the jaw arises from dental problems, where the main cause is nerve irritation due to caries, dental pulp disease or periodontal abscesses.Usually, intense pain bothers a person at night. After carrying out dental manipulations with respect to the affected tooth, the possibility of a triple nerve neuropathy is not excluded, during which the chewing muscles weaken and the sensitivity in the lower lip area decreases.
  • Osteosarcoma is a malignant non-epithelial tumor of the jaw, as a result of which the affected bone is deformed. The pain is moderate.
  • Erythroothalgia or red ear syndrome.If we talk about the reasons, then it is possible: spondylosis, lesions of the temporomandibular joint, damage to the thalamus, glossopharyngeal neuralgia, idiopathic hypersensitivity of pain fibers to high temperature.

As for pain symptoms, the main site of localization is the ear, sometimes it radiates to the back of the head, to the forehead, and the lower jaw. The ear turns red and hot.

Symptoms of pain under the jaw

Pain under the jaw, which occurs in people wearing braces, while significant tooth shake is noticeable, is considered normal, since the installed odontogenic structure is designed to correct teeth and bite, during which the teeth are displaced.

If the pain symptoms have nothing to do with braces, then these are signs of possible post-traumatic consequences or diseases, the symptoms of which are presented below:

  • with arthrosis, the patient suffers from constant aching pain in the jaw, accompanied by a crunch. Soreness gains momentum with a strong opening of the mouth, chewing;
  • For arthritis, the main symptoms are crunching and pain under the jaw and near the ear. This disease constrains the jaw movements.

Osteoarthritis and arthritis bother with pain mainly in the morning, plus everything, the patient can hear noise. Only an X-ray can determine an accurate diagnosis, since the symptoms of diseases are similar to each other (and not only in arthritis and arthrosis).


  • benign may have no symptoms at all. A person may not even be aware of the existence of a particular disease for a long time, for example, with a common osteoma.But there are types of diseases that still make themselves felt, while creating excruciating pain:
    • symptoms of osteoid osteoma: sharp pain in the jaw, occurring mainly at night; asymmetry of the face. These are signs of a neglected form because a tumor of this type develops slowly, and at the initial stage of its existence does not manifest itself in any way;
    • Osteoblastoclastoma is initially characterized by aching pain in the jaw. Along with the growth of the tumor, the pain syndrome increases.There is also an increased body temperature, a fistula on the skin of the face, a pale pink neoplasm on the gums is visible with the naked eye. In the last stages of the disease, facial asymmetry is noticeable;
    • thickened jaw – the first sign of adamantioma. During the period of tumor growth, the chewing function is impaired. Late forms of the disease are characterized by severe, sharp pain in the jaw, the severity of which increases with chewing.

    A benign tumor of any kind is subject to treatment – surgery.

  • malignant tumors:
    • Cancer rapidly affects the soft tissue surrounding the jaw, resulting from tooth loss. The pain is almost imperceptible right away, but over time the patient cannot do without pain relievers;
    • Osteosarcoma – originates in bone tissue. The patient feels unbearable pain in or under the jaw for a long time.

Pain under the lower jaw

The lower jaw possesses many anatomical receptors, the defeat of which leads to pain.Mainly attention should be paid to pathologies related to the submandibular lymph nodes. The possibility of lymphadenitis, an inflammatory process that occurred as a result of the introduction of infections into the lymph nodes, is not excluded. Acute lymphadenitis excites sharp pain under the jaw, high body temperature and general weakness. Refusal of timely treatment can lead to a chronic form of the disease. Here the pain is already acute. In the course of both of these forms of lymphadenitis, a purulent formation is possible, in medicine known as an abscess and phlegmon.

Neoplasms in the submandibular lymph nodes are usually metastases that have penetrated from any organs. The pain in this case can be completely different. Other signs include: Fever over time, weight loss, weakness.

With hypersensitivity of the tongue (glossalgia), the pain radiates to the lower jaw. What in this case can awaken the pain under the jaw? Long conversations, chewing foods that are too hard, eating hot – cold, sour, spicy and other foods.

Inflammation of the tongue (glosses) is somewhat similar in symptoms to the previous version, but in this case the tongue is distinguished by thickening and a bright red color. May cause cellulitis or abscess.

Salivary stone disease (sialoliths) is indicated by severe pain and one-sided swelling under the lower jaw; bad breath, which is the result of pus released from the duct of the gland; fever, weakness.

With the development of inflammatory processes of the salivary glands (sialoadenitis), the patient also complains of pain under the lower jaw and general ailments.The end result may be phlegmon or abscess.

Angina can also become a provocateur of pain under the lower jaw. Here, the pain under the jaw and in the throat intensifies at the time of swallowing. Often the patient cannot swallow food, from which he refuses to eat at all. Other symptoms: ear pain, high body temperature, signs of acute respiratory infections or flu.

Pain under the jaw on the right

Pain under the jaw on the right or left can be explained by several reasons:

  • trauma,
  • inflammation of the jawbone,
  • dental problems,
  • lymphatic changes, including cancers.

It does not matter what symptoms are accompanied by pain under the jaw on the right, consultation with a doctor is required.

If the painful sensations do not cause much discomfort, then it is not yet a fact that the reason for this investigation is not serious. It’s not a secret for anyone that initially, many diseases are not expressed at all with visible signs. Later, over time, mild pain can develop into exhaustion. That is why, not with lotions and painkillers, you need to eliminate pain, but with competent medical treatment.

Pain in the neck under the jaw

Most often, pain under the jaw and in the neck is associated with lymphatic inflammation or sore throat. Both the one and the other reason are associated with the ingress of infection into the body: into the lymph nodes or tonsils.

Also, the following diseases are classified under the category of causative agents of painful symptoms in the neck under the jaw:

  • migraine is a neurological disease. The pain is usually one-sided. It becomes more intense in bright light or with a sharp change in lighting; with loud sounds, with strong smells.Migraine is accompanied by severe thirst, nausea, vomiting, visual impairment, visual features: “lightning” or “flies” in the eyes, speech impairment, increased drowsiness. The attack can last 4 hours – 3 days.
  • Carotidinia is a type of migraine.
  • infectious diseases of the teeth.

Pain under the jaw on the left

Pain under the jaw on the left can be caused by any of the above reasons, as well as:

  • Angina pectoris or infarction refers to pathologies associated with a disorder of blood flow relative to the coronary vessels of the heart.Symptoms are usually: Burning pain in the chest area. Atypical signs include pain under the jaw on the left. With angina pectoris or myocardial infarction, the patient often ascribes acute pain in the jaw to a diseased tooth. Here is one more proof that salvation lies not in painkillers, but in professional medical care. Otherwise, death is no exception.

Pain under the jaw when pressed

Pain under the jaw on palpation or pressure can be indicated by various reasons, for example:

  • Ear node neuralgia,
  • Osteosarcoma,
  • Inflammation of the lymph nodes,
  • Sialolites.

And this is not the whole list of possible diseases, each of which has serious consequences. The surest way to figure out a probable problem is to visit a doctor:

  • dentist,
  • neurologist (with pathologies of a neuropathologist),
  • otolaryngologist,
  • surgeon.

Pain under the jaw, or rather its cause, doctors determine not only through the descriptions of the symptoms, but also by means of radiographs and analyzes.

Pain under the jaw when swallowing

As a rule, pain under the jaw when swallowing occurs due to sore throat, where typical symptoms include signs of colds, in particular, fever, headache, general malaise, and weakness. Often, pain in angina radiates to the ear.

A more rare cause of these symptoms is glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Here the pain differs significantly from the pain caused by angina.In this case, a person develops a kind of seizures, the duration of which is from 1 to 3 minutes.

Pain under the jaw when swallowing may be combined with “shooting” in the ears, loss of appetite – with angina; with a tilt of the head to one side – with neuralgia of the glossopharyngeal nerve.

Sore throat under the jaw

Pain under the jaw, where the main source is the throat, forms:

  • tonsillitis,
  • pharyngitis is divided into forms and types:
  • acute pharyngitis:
    • provoked by the influence of influencing factors,
    • traumatic,
    • allergic,
    • viral,
    • fungal,
    • bacterial,
    • chronic;
  • Catarrhal pharyngitis:
    • atrophic,
    • hypertrophic,
    • mixed.

    Acute or catarrhal pharyngitis has some common symptoms, which include pain under the jaw, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, fever, loss of appetite, weakness,

    • lymphadenitis,
    • aphthous stomatitis – in other words, ulcerative stomatitis, which of all types of stomatitis, is the most difficult and painful. A small speck immediately appears on the mucous membrane of the oral cavity, which does not reach 1 cm in size.Already after a few hours, a gray erosion of a necrotic nature is formed from the white spot. After a few days, necrotic masses are rejected,
    • sore throat of the lingual tonsil, which can proceed in different ways, depending on the type of disease:
  • catarrhal,
  • follicular,
  • phlegmonous.
  • The usual picture of the disease is as follows: the patient experiences severe pain when swallowing, in the process of moving the tongue.The main point of the disease is the tonsils, smoothly flowing into the intermuscular and connective tissue, which can subsequently provoke an interstitial purulent inflammation of the tongue.

    With the phlegmonous type of the disease, where the cause is a mechanical effect on the lingual tonsil, for example, a fish bone is inserted, a sharp pain appears, gaining intensity during swallowing, fever and a deterioration in general condition.

    • paratonsillar and retropharyngeal abscess,
    • phlegmon.

    Pain under the lower jaw on the left

    Any kind of pain anywhere can cause anything, such as injury, inflammatory or infectious diseases, or tumors. The same thing tells us the pain under the jaw, it does not matter on the right or left side, from the lower or upper part.

    But! In addition to all that has been said, the heart is located on the left side of the human body, and in the case of heart diseases, pain, as a rule, radiates to the left.Pain under the lower jaw on the left can cause heart attacks or angina pectoris, the causes and symptoms of which we have already discussed above.

    Diagnosis of pain under the jaw

    There are several ways to diagnose pain under the jaw, depending on the type of its origin:

    • dental,
    • based on ENT diseases,
    • traumatic,
    • tumors,
    • heart problems,
    • neurological.

    Initially, a medical examination is performed, after which the doctor prescribes an x-ray. In case of suspicion of angina pectoris or a possible heart attack, the work of the heart is determined using an ECG.

    An otolaryngologist, in addition to an X-ray, must determine the exact nature of the infection (viruses, bacteria, fungi), respectively, a blood test is inevitable. For example, an increase in lymph nodes can be caused by both angina and HIV.

    As for tumors, then the diagnostic process is much more complicated, since it is necessary to identify whether it is benign or malignant, its stage, the presence of metastases, etc.

    Treatment of pain under the jaw

    You can eliminate the pain under the jaw with any pain reliever, but this will not solve the problem forever. It is necessary to treat the disease itself, namely:

    • Jaw Injury:
      • dislocation – corrected by the method of setting the jaw to its original place, after which a fixing bandage is applied in order to ensure the immobility of the jaw,
      • bruise – as a first aid, the surest way is a cold compress on the injured area and applying a bandage.Further, it is imperative to call a doctor (traumatologist), since there is no guarantee that the victim has a bruise, and not, say, a fracture. In addition, the consequences of a bruise can be very serious, for example, dysfunction of the movements of the jaw joints or damage to bone tissue. The doctor applies a tight bandage, of course, after the diagnosis. Of course, such a bruise treatment requires complete rest for the jaw,
      • 90,015 fracture is the most serious injury. Here the traumatologist resorts to splinting or to intermaxillary fixation.If the fracture is open, then the treatment is performed by osteosynthesis of titanium plates.

    Folk remedies. Honestly, it’s even scary to think that in our time someone can risk their health and resort to treatment using folk methods. In any other situation, herbs and infusions can positively affect the course of events, but in the event of injury, this is very dangerous. Traditional treatment technique can be used in our version as an additional tool to the traditional method.


    • a leaf of plantain or crushed wormwood should be applied to the area of ​​injury,
    • tincture: vodka – 0.5 l, meadowsweet flowers – 20 g, hernia herb – 20 g, knotweed – 20 g, horsetail – 20 g, blue cornflower flowers – 20 g, corn stigmas – 30 g, dry bean pods – 30 g, birch buds – 30 g. All herbs are crushed and mixed. Then 4 tablespoons of the resulting herbal mixture are poured with vodka, and infused for 3 days.Then strain. The prepared product is used for external use in the form of a compress, which should be kept in place of the injury for no more than 4 hours. Duration of treatment – 7 days,
    • tincture: vodka – 0.5 l, coltsfoot – 20 g, oregano – 20 g. The cooking method is the same as above. The obtained extract is used to grind the diseased area, which should be wrapped up. Such manipulations must be carried out at night for 14 days.
  • Treatment of osteomyelitis of the jaws consists in the removal of the affected tooth.It is clear that there can be no alternatives, especially folk remedies and home conditions.
  • In the process of removing a tooth, the dentist usually resorts to the simultaneous opening of purulent foci in the bone, soft tissues and under the periosteum. Peri-maxillary purulent foci are opened promptly (under local or general anesthesia), where intraoral or extraoral incisions are made.

    Postoperative wounds should be carefully treated with, for example, nitrofuran solutions.The complex of postoperative treatment is determined by the development of complications and the duration of inflammatory processes.

    As a result of the normal course of acute osteomyelitis, treatment is prescribed, which includes anti-inflammatory, desensitizing, restorative, stimulating, symptomatic agents. Naturally, we are talking about antibiotics, sulfonamides, nitrofurans, metronidazole preparations, vitamin preparations, pain relievers, and so on.If we talk about the names of drugs, then again, they are selected individually for each.

    The hyperergic course of acute osteomyelitis, where bone necrosis is inherent, requires more intensive therapy, which has three main methods. The method of treatment is determined by the doctor, based on the stage of the inflammatory process, which is reactive, toxic and terminal.

    Diffuse forms, like other types of osteomyelitis, require surgical intervention.There are also no clear recommendations regarding medication, since the method of treatment is selected by the doctor in accordance with the available data regarding inflammatory processes, bone lesions, etc.

    • Treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction should be carried out by a dentist, where complex procedures are used:
      • Orthodontic therapy aimed at correcting bite,
      • operational implementation,
      • “remodeling” teeth or prosthetics,
      • physiotherapy,
      • acupuncture.

    Folk remedies in this case are not effective.

  • sore throat treatment usually occurs at home under the supervision of a physician. Of course, the treatment includes antipyretics (Paracetamol, Nurofen, Flu Cold, Coldrex, and so on), antiviral drugs (Arbidol, Rimantadin, Ribavirin and others) and such drugs like Septefril, Sinupred, Furacilin and others.
  • In folk medicine, there are many recipes for sore throats, for example, tea with honey.Sea buckthorn oil, if drunk a teaspoon three times a day, not only softens the throat, but is also an excellent antiseptic. Aloe with honey and onions can kill almost any microbes, therefore, using a mixture of these ingredients (one to one), a teaspoonful 3 times a day, can ensure a quick recovery.

    It should be said that the treatment of angina depends on the severity, therefore, this issue is decided only by the doctor, namely the ENT.

    If the pain under the jaw is caused by neurological or cardiological diseases, then there can be no question of independent treatment.Well, for example, glossopharyngeal neuralgia or a heart attack are very dangerous phenomena that necessarily require special monitoring by doctors.

    How to prevent pain under the jaw

    It is virtually impossible to prevent pain under the jaw as there are many reasons for its occurrence, and most often they are related to injuries (it is almost impossible to prevent), to colds.

    A timely examination by a dentist can save a person from possible pathology that can awaken pain under the jaw.Regarding regular preventive examinations in general, I would like to say that this is the best solution in relation to eliminating all kinds of problems, including a heart attack. An additional plus is the use of vitamins, especially group C in winter; avoiding hypothermia (drafts) and taking too hot or cold dishes; elimination of stressful situations, which are known to adversely affect the work of the heart.

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    TMJ pain

    Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunctions are one of the most common causes of facial pain, often incorrectly referred to as temporomandibular dysfunction.There are 2 main types of TMJ dysfunction: myogenic (the source of muscle pain) and arthrogenic (the source of pain is the TMJ).

    Understanding TMJ dysfunction
    This violation suggests the following symptoms:
    – pain or discomfort in or around the ear, TMJ and / or muscles of the jaw, face, temporal region and neck on one or both sides. Pain can come on suddenly and grow, fluctuating in frequency and intensity, months and years.

    Clicking mouth opening, crepitus, locking, restricting opening or deflection of the mandible during movement, difficulty chewing, and headache are also associated with TMJ.

    Temporomandibular joint structure
    The temporomandibular joint or temporomandibular joint is a freely rotating and sliding joint, coated with fibrous cartilage, soccer ball (condyle), fibrous lining (disc), bone lining cavity (fossa), ligaments, tendons, blood vessels and nerves. The disc functions as a moving shock absorber and stabilizer between the condyle and fossa. When the jaw opens, the condyle normally rotates first and then slides forward within the fossa with a disc between the condyle and fossa.

    Chewing muscles
    Muscles attach to the lower jaw, upper jaw, skull and neck. The chewing muscles open, close, extend, and move the jaw, allowing you to speak, chew, and swallow. Additional chewing muscles (muscles of the neck and shoulder girdle) stabilize the skull on the neck during chewing.

    Myogenic TMJ dysfunction (muscle-related)
    It usually occurs due to overwork, fatigue, or tension in the masticatory or accessory muscles, resulting in facial, headache, and sometimes neck pain.

    Arthrogenic TMJ dysfunction (joint-related)
    As a rule, it is the result of inflammation, degenerative changes in hard and soft tissues in the joint. Capsulitis or synovitis (inflammation), disc displacement (also called internal injury) and degenerative arthritis are the most common causes of TMJ dysfunction

    Causes of TMJ dysfunction
    The exact causes of dysfunction have not yet been clarified. It is believed that the development of dysfunction is due to a combination of several severe factors, including trauma and joint disease.

    Teeth clenching and grinding (bruxism), as well as tension in the muscles of the neck and head are not currently proven causes of TMJ dysfunction, but they can aggravate the course of the symptoms of this disease, and they must be taken into account in order to treat and manage patients with this pathology … It is important for people with this dysfunction to understand that the condition can be chronic and can be highly influenced by many factors, including emotional stability. Since there is no quick fix or emergency treatment for TMJ, the most successful and supported treatments are focused on self-monitoring and control of aggravating symptoms.

    Factors associated with TMJ dysfunction
    – Trauma: Direct trauma to the jaw is associated with the onset of symptoms of dysfunction. Direct trauma to the jaw can occur from a blow to the jaw, hyperextension (overextension) of the jaw, and in some cases, compression of the jaw. Prolonged or forceful dental procedures, intubation during general anesthesia and surgical procedures in the mouth, throat, and upper gastrointestinal tract (esophagus and stomach) can injure the TMJ.
    – Inappropriate habits: Habits such as clenching your teeth, clenching your jaws, grinding your teeth (bruxism), biting your lips or nails, using chewing gum, and placing your jaw in abnormal positions are common. With regard to them, evidence of their involvement in the development of dysfunction has not been proven. Such habits are often associated with TMJ dysfunction and can contribute to the appearance of factors that translate into a chronic form and aggravate the existing symptoms of the pathology.
    – Bite: Denture refers to the way the teeth fit together or “bite”. Historically, dentists have considered malocclusion as the main cause of TMJ dysfunction. Recent studies have shown that malocclusion usually does not lead to this group of diseases, with the exception of a few cases. Each situation must be considered individually so that the doctor can make a differential diagnosis of facial pain.
    – Psychological factors: Many patients with TMJ dysfunction report that the onset of symptoms or worsening of the disease is accompanied by an increase in emotional stress and psychological imbalance, leading to depression or anxiety. Scientific research shows that many people with this dysfunction experience varying levels of depression and anxiety, and these levels are higher than those without this dysfunction. To date, it has not been established whether symptoms of depression or anxiety are present before the onset of TMJ dysfunction and then contribute to its formation, or whether chronic pain associated with this pathological condition leads to the formation of anxiety and depression.Many patients begin to clench and grind their teeth more often and harder when experiencing emotional stress, psychological imbalance, or pain.
    – Temporomandibular joint diseases: Some types of arthritis can damage the TMJ, as well as other joints. It is common in osteoarthritis developing in an aging population. Many other diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, myasthenia gravis, strokes, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, can lead to excessive or uncontrolled movements of the masticatory muscles.
    – Other factors: The use of drugs and certain prescribed medications can affect the central nervous system and muscles, and lead to TMJ dysfunction.

    Diagnosis of TMJ dysfunction.
    Diagnosis of this disease should be part of routine practice for general practitioners and dentists.

    A short set of diagnostic procedures may include:
    – Medical history: complaints of pain in the jaw area, headaches, neck pain, discomfort in the TMJ area, closing of the jaws, clenching of the teeth, damage to the jaws, head, neck, as well as a history of cases of TMJ dysfunction or treatment of facial pain.- Physical examination: may include measuring the opening of the jaws, combined movements, deviation of the jaws during opening, palpation (pressure exerted by fingers is necessary) of the joint, jaws, muscles of the head and neck to determine pain points and the presence of crepitus. It is also necessary to assess the gums, soft tissues of the mouth, teeth and make notes about the disease, the presence of tooth damage, as well as the symmetry of the jaw, face and head. If any abnormalities are found during the examination, a more detailed history should be collected and a more in-depth examination performed.

    Comprehensive assessment of TMJ dysfunction
    Comprehensive assessment may include:
    – Complete analysis of all symptoms related to TMJ, head, neck, medical history, dental history, life history, heredity, psychological history.
    – Comprehensive objective examination of the face, cervical spine, masticatory muscles, head and neck, neurological structures, teeth, gums, hard and soft tissues of the oral cavity.
    – Psychological history, including a short survey and testing.- Additional tests, including x-rays and imaging techniques, biopsies, blood tests, urine tests, neurological tests, diagnostic injections.

    Treatment of TMJ dysfunction
    Since there is no known cure for this pathology, the management of patients with symptoms of dysfunction is similar to the management of patients with other orthopedic or rheumatological disorders. The goals of managing this group of patients are: reduction of pain syndrome, unfavorable pressure and stress on the jaws, restoration of jaw functions, implementation of a well-planned management program in order to treat physical, emotional and psychological aspects.Management options and treatment sequence for TMJ dysfunction are similar to other musculoskeletal disorders. As with many diseases of the musculoskeletal system, the signs and symptoms of TMJ can be temporary and resolve on their own without serious long-term consequences. For these reasons, it should be especially important to try to avoid aggressive and irreversible treatment options such as surgery, major dental surgeries or orthodontic treatment.Conservative management techniques include behavioral changes, physical activity, medications, jaw exercises, and orthopedic aids. All have been found to be safe and effective treatments for cases of TMJ dysfunction.

    Most patients with this disease achieve long-term remission with conservative therapy. Scientific studies show that in over 50% of these patients, only a few symptoms persist or they disappear completely.

    Patient self-monitoring should include:
    – Limited opening of the jaws (no more than 2 fingers wide).
    – It is necessary to give the jaws a rest, avoiding prolonged chewing (chewing gum, bagels, tough meat).
    – Avoiding teeth grinding and clenching by relaxing in the jaw area and keeping the upper and lower rows of teeth at a distance.
    – Avoiding leaning or sleeping on the jaw.
    – Avoidance of pushing movements with the tongue and chewing of non-food items (nails, pens, pencils, etc.), stress, pressure on the jaw.
    – Use of cold, ice or damp warm compresses as directed by your doctor or therapist.
    – Performing massage of the affected muscles.
    – Performing gentle, restricted jaw exercises as prescribed by the attending physician.
    – The use of drugs as directed by the attending physician.

    Treatment options.
    – Orthotics:
    You may be offered an orthosis (or a brace known as a “night watchman”, “bite guard”), which is worn over the upper and lower rows of teeth. The retainer has many different purposes, and it can be worn either permanently or part of the time, it all depends on the appointment of the attending physician. In most cases, retainers are used to separate the rows of teeth, realign the joints of the jaw, and help the jaws to relax.The unique look and adjustment of the brace will depend on your condition, how it changes while wearing the brace, and the overall treatment plan.

    Management of patients in the presence of stress.
    One of the goals of TMJ dysfunction treatment is to define a therapy for daily stress. Your doctor may recommend several options for you to do this. These options include: method-biofeedback (biofeedback method), breathing for relaxation, image management, and sometimes, referring to a specialist.

    Physiotherapists are specially trained professionals who assist in the rehabilitation of all types of physical injuries. There are many treatment options that can help. These include: jaw exercises, posture training, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and mobilization. Your healthcare provider and physical therapist will work together to shape your treatment plan.

    Correction of bite
    Sometimes it is necessary to improve the way your teeth fit together.This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Orthodontics, usually with braces, will help you move your teeth so that they fit better together. In some cases, when the jaws themselves are not misaligned, they are corrected by combined treatment with an orthodontist and maxillofacial surgeon. This is called orthognathic surgery.

    Correction of the bite occurs due to the intensive work of the dentist, with the installation of crowns, bridges, and, if necessary, implants.This is done to replace missing teeth or to resize and reshape teeth so that they fit together and function more harmoniously with the jaws and muscles. Surgical treatment is sometimes performed to repair or reconstruct the jaw when conservative treatment fails to achieve a comfortable existence and good functioning. Surgical treatment is rarely necessary, but it can be performed to remove debris that may accumulate in the joint cavity, as well as to repair damaged tissue or even replace the entire jaw, such as changing other joints (knee, hip and shoulder).

    Extensive research is underway to determine the safety and efficacy of treatment for TMJ dysfunction / orofacial pain. Many researchers and clinicians insist on reversible and conservative treatment of dysfunction. Even when the symptoms of this dysfunction persist for a long time, they are pronounced, many patients with this pathology do not need invasive treatment. Treatments designed to alter the bite or reposition of the jaws through orthodontic or dental reconstructive procedures are usually unnecessary.And if they are used, then when absolutely necessary. If irreversible treatment is expected for TMJ dysfunction or orofacial pain, we recommend seeking additional authoritative opinion.

    Trained dentists, physiotherapists, psychologists and clinicians are often the best source for correct diagnosis and follow-up of this patient group.

    Temporomandibular joint exercises

    Trigeminal neuralgia


    Trigeminal neuralgia (trigeminal neuralgia) is a chronic disease that affects the trigeminal nerve, with paroxysmal pain in the branches of the trigeminal nerve.

    There are a lot of reasons due to which neuralgia develops, including squeezing by the vessels of the nerve in the cranial cavity (neurovascular conflict). Trigeminal neuralgia can appear due to hypothermia, infectious diseases of a chronic nature – caries, sinusitis, also with a tumor in the brain and other diseases.

    Features of the trigeminal nerve

    The trigeminal nerve is a mixed nerve and has motor and sensory nuclei in the brain stem.This is the fifth pair of 12 cranial nerves. The trigeminal nerve has three branches:

    1. The first branch – innervates the skin of the forehead and the anterior third of the scalp, or rather the eyelid, the inner corner of the eye and the back of the nose, the eyeball, the nasal mucosa, meninges.

    2. The second branch is responsible for the innervation of the lower eyelid, the outer corner of the eye, part of the skin on the lateral surface of the face, the upper part of the cheek, the upper jaw, upper lip, mucous membranes of the upper jaw, teeth, maxillary cavity.

    3. The third branch is mixed. Sensory fibers innervate the lower lip, the lower part of the cheek, the chin, the posterior part of the lateral and surface of the face, the lower jaw, its gums and lower teeth, the mucous membranes of the cheeks, the tongue. Motor fibers innervate the chewing muscles.

    With the defeat of one branch of the trigeminal nerve – there is a disturbance of sensitivity in the zone of its autonomous innervation. When the Gasser node from the root of the trigeminal nerve is involved in the process, loss of sensitivity occurs in the autonomy of all three branches.

    Due to the presence of sympathetic fibers in the trigeminal nerve system, sweating disorders, vasomotor phenomena and trophic disturbances are possible, which are especially dangerous in the cornea of ​​the eye.

    Symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia

    This disease is typical for older people and occurs more often in women after 40 years. In this case, a strong, shooting pain appears, which is one-sided, very rarely on both sides of the face.The attack lasts from 3-4 to 15-20 seconds, in severe cases up to 2 minutes. During the day, up to 30-40 painful paroxysms are possible. Over time, the localization of pain is unchanged, if it is characteristic of one side, then it is there.

    Pain is usually “trigger”, that is, when the zones are irritated (touching, coughing, talking, chewing), an attack of pain occurs. The pain of trigeminal neuralgia is never nighttime.

    Pain can be spontaneous and occur from something.Also, neuralgia pain is divided into typical and atypical. Typical pain is characterized by periods of fading, and the pain can be shooting. Atypical pain is constant, it can cover a large area of ​​the face, while it does not stop. Such neuralgia is very difficult to treat.

    Neuralgia refers to a cyclical disease when exacerbation alternates with subsiding.

    Treatment of trigeminal neuralgia

    In trigeminal neuralgia, it is very important to reduce pain.The main drug that is used is carbamazepine, the dosage is chosen by the doctor. After 3 days, pain relief can be noticed, but the drug lasts no more than 4 hours.

    The therapy lasts until the patient gets better, maybe up to six months. Currently, the drug of choice is the drug “lyrica”, the appointment and dosage with the treatment regimen is prescribed by a neurologist.

    With physiotherapy treatments, pain can be relieved, but not cured

    The methods of destruction of the branches of the nerve are in the past.

    Neurovascular conflicts are eliminated by surgical treatment, but at the same time it is necessary to clearly prove during the examination, its presence, otherwise there will be no result from the treatment

    An effective and safe method of trigeminal neuralgia is radiosurgery using the Gamma Knife technique, which is currently the “gold standard in the treatment” of trigeminal pain.

    Gamma Knife is the treatment of choice in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia. The indication for the treatment with the “Gamma Knife” is the desire of the patient with a pharmacoresistant course of trigeminal neuralgia.

    The only drawback in radiosurgical treatment is the duration of the onset of the treatment effect, which sometimes can take from 4 to 6 months from the date of the performed radiosurgery

    Fig. 1 Target of radiosurgical treatment – the root of the trigeminal nerve at the entry into the brainstem

    90,000 Causes of appearance, signs and treatment of pulpitis

    If caries has reached the soft tissues of the tooth or the neurovascular bundle, it cannot be ignored.Pulpitis begins, and the pain is such as if the entire jaw was pierced with an electric current. The sharp process gives an unforgettable experience. And treatment is required immediately, since complications can be brought to the surgeon.

    Causes, signs and treatment of pulpitis

    The main factor that causes one of the most severe pains is banal caries, which has “reached” the pulp. The bacteria cause inflammation and swelling, and because there is limited space inside the tooth, pain occurs.Rarer causes of acute pulpitis are trauma, gum disease, spread of infection from the root, and accidental tooth damage.

    As for the methods of treating acute pulpitis, the choice depends on the form. Details are in the table:

    Techniques / Forms Focal Diffuse
    Essence Inflammation of the coronal pulp Inflammation of the coronal and root parts of the pulp
    Pulpitis symptoms Attacks of pain at night in the area of ​​the affected tooth Attacks of pain at any time of the day, radiates to the head, jaw, ear, neck
    Methods for the treatment of pulpitis Biological method with preservation of the neurovascular bundle (at a young age of the patient, with minimal inflammation), Classical removal of part or all of the pulp Classical removal of the entire neurovascular bundle

    In addition, the inflammation can be serous and purulent.In the presence of liquid or exudate, the verdict is one – urgently remove all soft dental tissues, clean the canals and rinse with antiseptics, otherwise you can easily get periodontitis and lose a tooth.

    Symptoms of acute pulpitis – how to distinguish from other diseases

    There are a number of signs that suggest that inflammation has reached a nerve.

    Details are below:

    Deep caries Acute pulpitis Acute periodontitis
    Reaction to cold Yes Yes Not
    Reaction to hotter Yes Very strong May be
    Pain for no reason Not Very strong Very strong
    Night pain Not Very strong Very strong
    Pain on tapping Not May be Very strong
    Pain when viewed with a probe Yes Very strong Not
    Changes on X-ray May not be May not be There is always
    EDI measurement results (μA) Up to 20 Up to 60 Over 100

    As you can see, without a dentist’s examination and special equipment, the exact answer to the question of whether it is acute pulpitis, or the inflammatory process has already gone further, is not always possible.A competent consultation and examination is required.

    Therefore, if you notice a “suspicious” spot on a tooth, food gets stuck in it, and even more so, there is sensitivity or pain, visit a doctor immediately. Otherwise, it is quite possible to face a situation where a sudden acute pain, for example, can completely ruin a vacation in hot countries and cause unplanned expenses. And by the way, pain medications for the treatment of acute pulpitis are not very effective.

    How inflammation is eliminated in Implant City: the nuances of the procedure

    Our doctors have to treat acute pulpitis almost every day.Unfortunately, those who are not very attentive to their health are not decreasing. However, we are ready to:

    Carefully examine and diagnose

    We use various techniques, which together allow us to say exactly how much the tooth has suffered. We do the initial consultation and panoramic image free of charge.

    Take care of patient comfort

    Our rule is that the patient should not endure pain.High-quality anesthesia allows you to remove damaged tissues, including the damaged dental nerve, heal the canals, put a temporary filling and not injure the patient’s psyche.

    Apply all modern advances

    Canal treatment under a microscope and the use of a laser have already become the hallmarks of an “advanced” clinic. We have been using these technologies since they first appeared in Moscow. Yes, they do affect the cost of treatment.However, the result is much better.

    Don’t lose sight of a single detail

    The complete restoration of the shape and function of the tooth damaged by inflammation is our common goal. Therefore, the patient should heed the advice of the attending physician. And then even a pulped tooth can last for decades. There are observations and reviews from 2008.

    If the process did not damage the tissues too much, and the “vitality” of the tooth can be preserved, we will do it.The price is reasonable. Come, implants are more expensive.

    Consultation and snapshot – free of charge.

    The jaw near the ear hurts when chewing (upper, lower): reasons, what to do?

    The reasons why the jaw hurts near the ear are divided into dental, surgical, neurological. The role of a provoking factor can also be played by diseases of the ENT organs. If the pain is caused by dysfunction of the maxillary or mandibular joint, serious consequences should not be expected.In the case of an infectious nature of the problem, antibiotics and physiotherapy procedures are prescribed. For differential diagnosis, MRI, X-ray are performed, and a general blood test is taken.

    Causes of occurrence

    When pain occurs in the cheekbone or jaw area near the ear, it may indicate diseases of the soft tissues of the face, inflammation of the lymph nodes, ears, sinuses, gums and teeth. Before you go to a doctor, you need to choose the right specialist: an otolaryngologist, dentist or surgeon.First, you should make an appointment with a therapist and tell him about your complaints. For correct diagnosis, laboratory and clinical studies are prescribed.

    The reasons why the jaw hurts near the ear on the left and right side, accompanied by pain when chewing:

    • Pathologies of the temporomandibular joint, gums, dentition. This is the specialization of dentists and maxillofacial surgeons. The dentist-surgeon will also help when it comes to such serious processes as phlegmon and maxillary abscess.
    • Inflammatory process in the sinuses. The maxillary sinuses are located in the lateral region of the nose. There is a cavity behind the ear. It approaches the process of the temporal bone. The mucous membrane sometimes becomes inflamed, as evidenced by aching pain in the cheekbones. In this case, help is provided by an otolaryngologist.
    • Inflammation of the tonsils, larynx and surrounding tissues. The disease provokes a purulent-inflammatory process. Often, pain appears after an infectious disease or tumor.In such cases, you should contact your ENT doctor.
    • Diseases of the peripheral nervous system. An inflammatory process occurs in the nerve tissues. Pain appears, for the treatment of which you should consult a neurologist or therapist.
    • Inflammation of the lymph nodes. Sometimes lymph from the larynx, nose or ears, infected with pathogens, enters the tissues. In adults, such a disease is treated by a therapist. If we are talking about a child, you need to go to the pediatrician.

    What is the danger of delayed treatment?

    If you delay the visit to the doctor, even complex pathologies may arise:

    • inflammatory and purulent processes in the tissues;
    • infectious diseases of the ears, nose and mouth;
    • electrolyte imbalance and metabolic problems in tissues;
    • tumors of various etiologies;
    • Inflammation of the nervous tissue and peripheral vessels.

    If pain in the jaw appeared after visiting the dentist, you should seek help from the same specialist. However, if the problem arose not after tooth extraction, but as a result of the installation of a bracket system, pain is considered a normal variant. This condition goes away on its own for 2 months. If its intensity does not decrease, then the consultation of the attending orthodontist will not hurt.

    It is necessary to consult a trauma surgeon if pain in the jaw and cheekbones appeared after an injury.Unpleasant sensations can be the result of both an ordinary bruise and dislocation, fracture and abscess.

    The bone near the ear hurts when pressed

    There are two options here: inflammation of the nerve endings or dental diseases. If there are pains in the jaw bone near the ears or in the muscles, it may be due to the following reasons:

    • Injury. The integrity of the bones of the face is compromised if a person receives a strong blow to the head. At the same time, it is accompanied by constant aching pain, aggravated by pressing.
    • The appearance of a wisdom tooth. When it erupts, painful sensations are not uncommon. Someone has less discomfort, while others have significant pain when pressing on the cheekbones.
    • Osteomyelitis of the jaw. The pathology extends to the entire bone. The beginning of pathogenic microbes provoke. They penetrate the root canals. The pain is strong enough, aching.
    • Pulpitis, caries. The pain of these diseases increases in the morning (after sleep) and at night. It is clearly felt when pressing on the cheekbone in the affected area.
    • Arteritis. The pain occurs in the jaw area and is usually burning.
    • Violation of the functional characteristics of the temporomandibular joint. The pain is felt not only when pressed, but also when a person opens his mouth, chews food.
    • phlegmon, abscess, fistulas, boils. A common symptom of these ailments is soreness when pressing on the jaw at rest.

    The jaw crunches and hurts

    Some people have a crunchy jaw when yawning.But, apart from that, pain sometimes joins in. It lasts a long time, manifests itself when chewing food, opening the mouth and even at rest.

    If such pain persists the next day, this may indicate the presence of diseases:

    • bursitis;
    • jaw arthritis;
    • dislocation of the jaw joint;
    • sprain in the jaw muscle.

    When you see a doctor with these symptoms, he sends the patient for an x-ray.If it turns out that the joints are healthy, the patient is referred for UHF or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed. Treatment takes a week. Physiotherapy treatments in combination with pain medications promote recovery.

    The joint clicks and hurts

    It happens that when you open your mouth you hear a click, accompanied by a feeling of discomfort. This phenomenon is explained by the exit of the jaw joint from the articular bag. He moves to the side. As soon as he manages to return to his seat, a crunch is heard.

    Injury is often the cause. Clicking with pain can provoke tension in the jaw muscle while singing and talking, and an incorrect bite.

    What to do in this case:

    • Timely diagnostics. To determine the first cause correctly, it is important to seek medical help on time. The specialist prescribes magnetic resonance imaging, arthroscopy and radiography.
    • In case of dysfunction of the jaw joint, consult a dentist.The doctor will carry out long-term work aimed at re-filling the tooth or correcting the occlusion, replacing prostheses, etc. In parallel, a course of anti-inflammatory drugs will be prescribed.
    • Until you get to a specialist, you can alleviate the condition at home by making a warm compress. If the affected area becomes inflamed, ice should be applied. For the entire period of treatment, coarse food should be abandoned and preference should be given to soft, grated foods. It is necessary to talk less and generally provide complete rest to the affected joint.
    • Use relaxation techniques. Tibetan hormonal gymnastics and methods similar to it will help to cope with painful sensations or reduce their intensity.

    The method of treatment of diseases associated with clicking and pain in the jaw joints is determined by the nature of the inflammatory process and the degree of its neglect. The general recommendation is to ensure complete rest for the affected area.

    What does the temperature rise mean?

    It all depends on the localization.For pain in the upper jaw, it can be:

    • Osteomyelitis of the upper jaw. Caused by improper treatment of sinusitis, tooth extraction or extraction, unsuccessful sinus lift and implantation. The pain may be slightly radiated to the left jaw or to the right.
    • Sinusitis. It often develops on one side. It is provoked by injuries to the nose or skull, prolonged exposure to the cold, pulpitis of the upper molars or periodontitis. Unpleasant sensations arise in the jaw, eye socket.A point of maximum sensitivity is marked near the nose. Pus or mucus comes out of both nostrils or one of them. Simultaneously pawns half of the nose. The voice becomes nasal.
    • Gingivitis. Inflammation of the gum mucosa leads to an increase in temperature and discomfort. Pathology extends to the entire jaw area. At the same time, bad breath appears.
    • Alveolitis. Painful sensations are due to the fact that after the extraction of a tooth, its hole becomes inflamed.

    For pain in the lower jaw:

    • Submandibular abscess or phlegmon.
    • Glossitis. It is accompanied by inflammation of the mucous membrane of the tongue. It is the result of burns – thermal or chemical, as well as infection, injury. A person’s jaw hurts, he stops feeling the taste of food. His tongue hurts.

    Also, localization under the jaw indicates the possible development of the following ailments:

    • Submandibular lymphadenitis. Lymph nodes become inflamed when a person is sick with angina, conjunctivitis, periodontitis, furunculosis.The diagnosis is confirmed on the basis of tenderness and elasticity of the lymph nodes. They are well felt, mobile. If they are firm to the touch, do not budge, consultation with an oncologist is required.
    • Infectious mononucleosis. The disease is viral in nature. It is accompanied by a lesion of a group of lymph nodes located under the lower jaw. The temperature rises, but the symptoms of intoxication are mild.
    • Sialolithiasis. The work of the salivary glands is impaired. Solid inclusions are determined in them.Swelling is found on the right or left. A small amount of pus is secreted into the oral cavity. A person does not notice this, but his presence is felt by stale breath.
    • Sialoadenitis. The salivary glands become inflamed. The temperature rises, the separation of saliva increases. A person’s appetite decreases, weakness appears. A painful formation is clearly felt at the angle of the jaw.
    • Pharyngitis. There is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the throat. There is a cough, pain radiating to the jaw, sore throat.

    Pain with ARVI and tooth extraction

    When a person suffers from respiratory diseases, the infection spreads throughout the body. An inflammatory process develops, accompanied by painful sensations. This is why the cheekbones and jaw can hurt with a runny nose, colds and other viral diseases.

    Pay attention to the following facts:

    • If pains are localized in the cheekbone area almost under the eye, this indicates the development of sinusitis.It is necessary to consult an otolaryngologist.
    • If discomfort is localized in the area between the lower and upper jaw, it is possible that a runny nose or a cold is to blame. Viruses and bacteria move into the articular sac, causing inflammation on its surface. As in the previous case, the problem is solved by contacting the ENT.
    • A cold provokes inflammation of the jaw nerve. In such cases, it makes sense to go to a neurologist.
    • With ear inflammation, cheekbones may hurt in parallel.Often this condition is accompanied by an increase in temperature. For treatment, a person is referred to an otolaryngologist.
    • Minor jaw pain appears after tooth extraction. If it does not subside over time, the surgeon may not have completely removed the diseased tooth. It is necessary to contact a more qualified dentist to correct this substandard work.

    An ambulance should be called when the pain is sharp and unbearable. This happens with a fracture or dislocation of the jaw.

    Not only with otitis media, pain in the ear is combined with discomfort in the jaw area. This also indicates such diseases as:

    • carotidinia. Nerve endings located near the carotid artery are irritated. Paroxysmal pain is formed. It is felt as much as possible in the upper jaw and spreads to the area of ​​the ear, neck, oral cavity, and spreads to the face. When pressed on the side of the neck and just below the Adam’s apple, it responds with acute pain. The syndrome is triggered by migraines, soft tissue tumors located near the carotid artery.Carotidynia is also the result of dissection of the temporal artery;
    • ear node neuralgia. Burning pain, paroxysmal. It begins at the temple and runs through the ear, continuing to the lower jaw and chin. Slightly felt in the teeth. There are clicks in the ear, saliva production increases. It is provoked by sinusitis, sore throat, and if the face is blown out while walking in windy weather;
    • erythroothalgia syndrome. The jaw hurts slightly, but the maximum discomfort is felt in the ear.It turns red. The lower jaw and the back of the head hurts, with the transition to the forehead. The syndrome occurs as a result of dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint, cervical spondylosis and damage to the thalamus.

    Temporomandibular joint dysfunction

    Functional diseases of the temporomandibular joint are accompanied by pain in the jaw joints near the ear when talking, opening the mouth wide and chewing. They can also be recognized by other signs:

    • the amplitude of mouth opening is limited;
    • the jaw is jammed in the open or closed position;
    • when trying to talk, grinding, crackling and clicks are heard;
    • increased facial muscle fatigue;
    • periodically there are sensations that the upper and lower rows of teeth do not close correctly;
    • one side of the face is swollen.

    Sometimes tinnitus, hearing impairment, dizziness join.

    Data of patient complaints, taking a panoramic X-ray of the face in full, assessing the type of bite help in the diagnosis.

    Inflammation of the nerves

    With inflammation of the trigeminal nerve, the pain is severe. She is burning, boring. It is the most sensitive nerve in the face. Some of its fibers are responsible for chewing. If the trigeminal nerve is to blame for the discomfort, the jaw hurts near the ear to the right or left.

    If discomfort during swallowing is felt in parallel, then laryngeal nerve neuralgia is diagnosed. Symptoms are cough, hiccups, discomfort in the tongue, temporomandibular joint. Salivation increases. Pain in some cases extends to the eyes and even the chest. Paroxysmal is characteristic. Patients complain of dry mouth.

    Cranial neuralgia manifests itself as a result of long and sharp impulses in relation to the affected cranial nerves.Glossopharyngeal neuralgia is rarely diagnosed. Localization of painful sensations is characteristic, coming from the root of the tongue or tonsil and passing into the pharynx, to the jaw angle and ear. It is provoked during a conversation or a meal, sometimes when the tongue moves. Differs in one-sided character, burning, shooting, lasts from 1 to 3 minutes. The attack is accompanied by a dry cough. It can be determined by the characteristic posture of the patient. He tilts his head in the direction that bothers him more.


    The formation of a tumor in the bones, osteosarcoma may be evidenced by pain in the jaw near the ear. Before the key signs appear, there is a loss of sensation in the nerve endings. The person feels numbness in the muscles. In parallel, there are slight swelling, discomfort in the bones and joints.

    Atheroma is a benign tumor. Gives similar symptoms. Of the most obvious signs: a lump located behind the ear. This is a consequence of an enlarged cervical lymph node.It is felt like a movable ball of increased density. It is not particularly dangerous until it becomes inflamed. In this case, pus accumulates in it. Inflammation is formed, sometimes of several lymph nodes. There is a severe pain near the ear that does not go away for a long time. The temperature rises. The person complains of general weakness, headache. Reddening of the skin is noted near the inflamed lymph node. If left untreated, the infection will spread throughout the body and lead to sepsis.

    Treatment of the jaw joint

    So, the cause of pain in the jaw joint can be pathologies of ENT organs, articular and soft tissues, nerve fibers, teeth.It is not recommended to resort to self-treatment at home, as this will aggravate the problem.

    Often such phenomena require the use of antibacterial drugs. UHF and physiotherapy have proven themselves well.

    Medication for arthrosis

    Medication is prescribed by a doctor. In chronic disease of the cranial bones, the destruction of cartilage tissue is observed. They are deformed. The level of mobility decreases, provoking pain. For pain in the jaw caused by arthrosis, the following are prescribed:

    • non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: Ibuprofen, Diclofenac, Etoricoxib.They are combined with proton pump inhibitors if a person has a digestive system disorder. We are talking about such medicines as Omeprazole, Nolpaza;
    • vitamins and minerals: ascorbic acid, calcium, cholecalciferol;
    • agents leading to the renewal of cartilage tissue: hyaluronic acid;
    • injections of painkillers (injected into the joint): Diprospan. Appointed by courses – once every six months.

    Women under the supervision of a gynecologist-endocrinologist are prescribed hormonal therapy.This is especially important during menopause. Good results are shown by treatment with ultrasound, laser, paraffin. Massage therapy is recommended for some patients.

    Traditional medicine

    Apitherapy, that is, treatment with bee venom, is most effective for arthrosis of the jaw joint. This substance contains biogenic amines. They have an analgesic effect and soothe sore areas.

    Tips for using bee venom:

    • Bee venom enters the patient’s body.It looks like this: the first day a person is stung by one bee, on the second – already two. Gradually, the number of bees is brought to 10.
    • Not later than a minute later, the sting of an insect is removed from the affected area. A total of 55 bees are required for one course.
    • Procedures are performed every other day. At the end of the first course, take a break for one week. Only after that the second is appointed.
    • The second course takes one and a half months. At this time, a person receives poison from 3 insects daily.It is important to constantly change the location of the bite. It is possible to repeat the procedure in the same areas only after 5 days.

    The described specific method of alternative treatment has contraindications: allergic reactions, tumors, chronic diseases, diabetes mellitus, hypertension.

    Gelatin and honey

    Another method of traditional medicine involves the use of honey in combination with gelatin:

    • pour a teaspoon of gelatin 0.05 liters of cold water for 12 hours;
    • after the gelatin has swollen, a teaspoon of natural honey is added to it.Pour warm water;
    • ready-mix is ​​taken before meals for 10 days. Take a break, then repeat the course;
    • Treatment with honey and gelatin lasts up to 3 months.
    Alcohol tincture

    For preparation you will need:

    • acacia flowers – 4 spoons;
    • alcohol – 1 glass.

    Flowers must be filled with alcohol. If not, it is allowed to use vodka. Flowers are placed inside a container with dark glasses and infused for 7 days.The course lasts one month. During this time, the ready-made infusion is rubbed into the jaw area.

    Shilajit solution

    Take a 100% Shilajit solution. It is dripped onto a cotton pad and rubbed into the affected area for 5 minutes. With good tolerance, this interval can be increased to 10 minutes. Shilajit can be used not only in the form of compresses, but also taken orally. Here is the recipe:

    • mummy – 0.2 g;
    • honey – 1 spoon;
    • milk – 250 ml.

    The milk is heated and honey and mummy are dissolved in it.Take one glass of the prepared solution daily. The course lasts 2 weeks.

    Infusion of herbs

    Infusion of coltsfoot leaves and oregano perfectly relieves acute pain. For cooking, you need:

    • 40 g of herbs;
    • half a liter of alcohol.

    Grind herbs and cover with alcohol. Leave for 3 days. As soon as the tincture is ready, filter it. Used as a means for rubbing diseased areas. An alternative to the recipe described above can be a compress from a decoction of plantain or wormwood leaves.


    To prepare a compress, you will need:

    • chamomile – 3 spoons;
    • boiling water – 1 glass.

    Pour chamomile flowers with hot water. Insist 15 minutes. Apply a ready-made compress to the face and leave it for 20 minutes. The procedure is carried out 2 times a day. For a short-term effect, use heating with buckwheat and salt.

    Fir oil

    The effectiveness of this natural remedy is due to its good warming effect.In some patients, skin redness and allergic reactions are possible. Some experts consider this to be normal. However, modern doctors are inclined to believe that in case of any adverse effects, it is better to abandon this method.

    The oil should be slightly warm or at room temperature. It relaxes tense muscles, relieves spasms and inflammation.

    Remedial gymnastics

    With the permission of a doctor, it is possible to normalize the inflamed tissues of the jaw near the ear.How to do it:

    • frown and then raise them;
    • screw up your eyes and make circular movements with them;
    • Inflate your cheeks properly and pull them in;
    • Roll the lips into a tube and pull them out.

    Exercise daily in the morning. Each of them is given a few minutes. At the end of gymnastics, the facial muscles are relaxed and lightly run over them with your hands.

    Preventive measures:

    • Dress appropriately for the weather, avoid drafts;
    • timely treat viral diseases;
    • avoid stress;
    • to carry out an independent facial massage;
    • eat well.

    Toothache – causes and methods of disposal

    Hypersensitivity, or, as experts call, dental hyperesthesia

    Pain with caries and its complications

    Pain in teeth of non-odontogenic origin


    Cold compress


    Tooth pain is one of the most unbearable pains a person can experience. The expression “to climb the wall in pain” in the case of teeth ceases to be figurative.Suffering caused by toothache was reflected in medieval engravings, canvases of painters, became the subject of literary works.

    Toothache is also the topic of folk proverbs and sayings, quotes, aphorisms:

    • The tooth in my mouth is aching.
    • No tooth hurts behind someone else’s cheek.
    • Country relatives, like a toothache.
    • Love conquers everything except poverty and toothache.

    Toothache usually begins on Saturday night: this saying reflects all the untimeliness and suddenness of a toothache.

    Fortunately, almost all dental facilities have a doctor on duty, or a separate room for patients with so-called acute pain, where you can expect to skip the line. But it also happens – a toothache, according to Murphy’s law, overtakes us at the most inopportune moment, when an immediate visit to the dentist becomes a problem – on the road, in places where Makar does not graze calves, well, or just late at night on the wildest holiday. Agree, given the simply unbearable nature of a toothache, the torments are simply comparable to the torments of sinners in hell, which are described by the great Dante.

    But even if the toothache is not acute and unbearable in nature, periodic pain in the tooth can also spoil life quite badly, interfering with the normal intake of food.

    In fairness, we note that toothache in our time, in most cases, is an indicator of an irresponsible attitude to one’s health. Indeed, before you get an acute toothache, the pathological process in the tooth takes a long time, letting you know about yourself with discomfort or small short-term pain sensations that a person cowardly ignores, taking the position of an ostrich, maybe it will pass, or, absorbed by more important his glance with deeds, is still waiting for that not at all beautiful day (even more so night), when all deeds and aspirations literally fade before a toothache, and you are ready to run to the saving chair of the dentist.How not to remember here another aphorism:

    Why do people avoid dentists so much? After all, their patients develop in themselves both patience and generosity.

    The fear of toothache is rooted in ancient times, when dental care was limited only to the removal of the culprit tooth, and anesthesia was provided by a blow to the head. Even if you look not so far, but only 100 years ago, before the era of local anesthetics in dentistry, you can imagine what horror a visit to the dentist inspired a person, since any manipulations were very painful.Let us recall the story of A.P. Chekhov’s “Surgery.” “Fathers, dear fathers, have mercy! I’ll pay three times! Just let it go! Going to kill me! And the tooth has already stopped hurting. ” – the patient laments. Or, for the same Chekhov, in the story “Horse surname”:

    “Retired Major General Buldeev got a toothache. He rinsed his mouth with vodka, brandy, applied tobacco soot, opium, turpentine, kerosene to his aching tooth, smeared iodine on his cheek … The doctor came … The general refused to pull out the aching tooth.All the household … each offered his own remedy. ..and the bailiff advised to undergo treatment with a conspiracy. ”

    But even in the 21st century, when the problem of pain relief is completely solved, humanity continues to suffer from toothache. And the reason, as a rule, is an untimely visit to a doctor.

    Let’s try to figure out in what cases there is pain in the teeth, what it signals and in what cases you need to immediately contact the dentist.

    Types and causes of toothache

    Hypersensitivity, or, as experts call, hyperesthesia of the teeth

    This is a condition in which there are short-term painful sensations in one or more teeth, which quickly pass after the stimulus is removed.Aching pain of varying intensity can occur when eating cold or hot food, sour and sweet foods, when inhaling cold air, even when brushing your teeth with a toothbrush. Increased tooth sensitivity accompanies caries from the very beginning of the process. Hyperesthesia is a symptom of so-called non-carious dental diseases, in which the enamel becomes thinner or completely abraded; enamel hypoplasia, enamel erosion, wedge-shaped defect, pathological abrasion of teeth. The mechanism of pain in these cases is the same – the protective enamel layer is erased, and through the dentin of the tooth, penetrated by a huge number of holes, the neurovascular bundle (pulp) is freely affected by stimuli.

    Pain with caries and its complications

    The carious process can be accompanied by painful sensations from the very beginning, when there is still no visible defect. Typically, this is pain when eating cold, sour, or sweet foods. The main difference between caries pain is its rapid cessation after the removal of the irritant.

    If the matter has gone far, and the neurovascular bundle of the tooth (pulp) is involved in the process, the nature of the pain changes. The pain gets worse, lasts much longer and becomes paroxysmal.What happens in the dental pulp? The usual inflammatory process (pulpitis) develops, which is always accompanied by the migration of leukocytes from the blood to the tissue. A fluid forms in the tissues, at the beginning of inflammation this fluid is transparent, or, as experts say, serous. The next stage is the formation of pus in the inflammation focus, as a result of the destruction of leukocytes. If we remember that the neurovascular bundle is located in a limited space inside the tooth and the resulting serous fluid or pus does not have a free outlet, it becomes clear why toothache with complications of caries is so intense.Patients describe the pain as shooting, throbbing, tearing. Painful attacks are replaced by periods of calm – the pain subsides for a short time, when the accumulated inflammatory fluid still finds a way out, usually through the bottom of the carious cavity. This is repeated over and over again. Another feature of pulpitis pain is its irradiation (spreading) to adjacent teeth and even to the ear, temple, orbit, that is, along the nerve located in the jaw. This happens with the so-called diffuse pulpitis, when the patient postpones for some reason a visit to the doctor and the inflammation captures the entire pulp of the tooth – both its coronal part and root.It is characteristic of pulpitis pain that it occurs at night, which is associated with the peculiarities of hormonal regulation of nervous activity. The fact is that in the dark, the production of adrenal hormones decreases, which affect a person’s perception of pain.

    Often, the patient cannot localize a bad tooth, and even for a doctor, diagnosis can be difficult, especially if there are several carious teeth.

    It would seem that pulpitis will certainly lead the most notorious coward to the doctor.But no, and in our time there are people who prefer to cope with the situation on their own or using folk methods. Indeed, such a hero “courageously” overcomes the period of acute pain, the tooth calms down, and life goes on as usual … For the time being. After all, the carious cavity has not gone anywhere, and the inflamed pulp miraculously did not become healthy. What happens next in the aching tooth? The processes in the pulp proceed according to all the laws of inflammation – the acute phase is replaced by the chronic one. Chronic pulpitis can be almost asymptomatic, but, as a rule, it still makes itself felt with bouts of pain that occurs from temperature stimuli (a characteristic sign of pulpitis is pain from hot) or when food gets into the carious cavity.

    Inflammation in the pulp for a long time becomes a source of toxins for the tissues surrounding the tooth. The first are the ligaments of the tooth at its very apex, where the opening of the neurovascular bundle is located, through which not only toxins, but also microorganisms freely enter the outside of the tooth. This process is called periodontitis. Inflammation in periodontitis already captures the periodontal tissues and the focus is located in the jawbone. The process can also be serous and purulent.Pain in acute and exacerbation of chronic periodontitis differs in that it occurs when a load on a diseased tooth. The pain grows, in contrast to pulpitis pain, has practically no “light” gaps, is aching, pulsating in nature, may be accompanied by a headache, an increase in body temperature. Unlike pulpitis, with periodontitis there are changes in the mucous membrane in the area of ​​the diseased tooth – swelling, redness, fistulas, sometimes the tooth becomes mobile. If the outflow of inflammatory fluid through the tooth canal is disturbed, such dangerous complications as periostitis, abscess, phlegmon occur.

    Pain in teeth of non-odontogenic origin

    Sometimes there are situations when other diseases are disguised as a toothache. The dentist, as a primary diagnostic unit, bears a great responsibility in such circumstances. In some cases, a delay in seeking medical help threatens with serious complications, up to a threat to life. Let’s consider some of these conditions.

    Pain in otitis media (middle ear disease) can spread to the chewing teeth of the upper jaw on the affected side.In this case, both the teeth and the ear hurt at the same time, and the patient is often unable to localize the pain.

    Diseases of the maxillary sinuses (sinusitis): the roots of the chewing group of the teeth of the upper jaw are in the immediate vicinity of the maxillary sinus, therefore, the pathological process, for example, acute sinusitis, may be accompanied by pain in the teeth. One of the signs of such pain is its intensification when the head is tilted forward.

    With angina pectoris, pain sometimes appears in the teeth of the lower jaw on the left, radiating to the corner of the jaw, the presence of discomfort or pain behind the sternum along with this spreading under the left scapula and left arm facilitates the diagnosis.

    The so-called migraine-like cluster headache is accompanied by pain in the eyes and teeth of the upper jaw.

    Neuralgia of the trigeminal nerve and its separate symptom complex – dental plexalgia. This is a very unpleasant and difficult to treat disease with an ambiguous etiology. The trigeminal nerve, as the name suggests, has three branches. The second and third are responsible for the innervation of the upper and lower jaw, therefore, pain in both neuralgia and neuritis is localized, according to the patient’s feelings, in the teeth.The pain occurs either for no apparent reason, or when you touch certain areas on the face, the so-called trigger zones. The pain can be paroxysmal, or constant, pulsating in nature, burning, cutting. In the presence of several “suspicious” teeth (carious or previously treated), the diagnosis can be difficult.

    An experienced and attentive doctor will certainly refer you to the appropriate specialist, having ruled out the dental cause of pain.

    First aid for toothache


    Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can numb pain for several hours.The most popular are drugs based on ketotifen and ibuprofen. Of the modern drugs with prolonged action – nimesulide. Regular analgin or paracetamol can only work for mild pain and for a short time. Analgesics are designed to relieve your condition for a while while you get to dental care. If you are taking analgesics yourself, be sure to read the annotation and pay attention to contraindications (erosive and ulcerative diseases of the stomach and intestines, liver and kidney diseases, bronchial asthma, etc.) and the dosage.

    Cold compress

    You can use a wrapped ice cloth for this. Lifehack is a plastic bottle with frozen water. We emphasize that it is a cold compress that is effective and safe, in no case do not listen to advice to warm a sick tooth. In some cases, this is strictly prohibited.


    The point on the hand (if it hurts on the right, the left hand, and vice versa), which is responsible for the area of ​​the teeth, is located in the depression between the phalanges of the thumb and forefinger.Movements clockwise, with moderate pressure, the duration of the massage is about 5 minutes. There are similar points on the ear. It is necessary to place the tips of two fingers on the upper part of the auricle on the side where the toothache is localized. Massage of the upper part of the earlobe on the side opposite to the localization of the toothache is also effective. Massage the points with your thumb and forefinger for at least 7 minutes. Point in the depression between the lower jaw and the zygomatic bone.

    Massaging the point in the corner of the lower jaw will relieve pain in the corresponding teeth.

    90,000 Pain after wisdom tooth extraction, why does it occur


    Removed a wisdom tooth, pain radiates to the ear, what to do

    The wisdom tooth – “eight” is often removed as it presses on the “seven”. “Eights” often grow at a curved angle or grow only partially, and may not cut through.

    Extraction of a wisdom tooth is carried out as with other teeth – with local anesthesia.After the removal of the wisdom tooth, the wound is sutured, and the sutures are removed after 5 to 7 days. If there are no complications, then after a week you will forget that you had a tooth removed.

    Shooting ear pain after tooth extraction occurs due to damage to the gums, periosteum or nerve. Very worried about the pain in the ear after the removal of the wisdom tooth – the eighth molar. This is due to the structural features of the wisdom teeth, as well as the fact that they are difficult to reach. There is more damage to tissues and nerve endings than when removing other teeth.

    But, there is nothing wrong with that. After tooth extraction, the body develops a reaction to the intervention, damaged tissues and nerve endings need some time to recover. Visit your dentist if the pain is severe. He will recommend gargling to relieve inflammation and pain relievers to relieve pain.

    If pain in the ear appears a few days after the extraction of a tooth, including a wisdom tooth, and at the same time a strange taste is felt in the mouth, it is possible that a complication has begun – the so-called “dry socket”.In other words, an infection has got into the socket remaining after the tooth extraction.

    Why is this happening:

    – rinsed the mouth on the first day after the intervention. After tooth extraction, a blood clot remains in the hole, which cannot be rinsed out or removed: it protects the nerve endings and bone and is needed for the formation of bone tissue after tooth extraction. For this reason, dentists prohibit hot food and mouthwash on the first day after surgery. When the blood clot dissolves too quickly, it feels like the ear also hurts;

    – development of alveolitis.

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