Craniofacial Pain Specialist

Northwest Dental Services & Denture Implant Center

Dentists & Denturists located in Tacoma, WA

If frequent migraines, neck aches, or facial muscle stiffness consistently ruin your day, you might be suffering from chronic craniofacial pain. The most common cause of this pain is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. If you’re tired of constant discomfort in your face, head, or neck, Dr. Jon Martin at Northwest Dental Services and Denture Implant Center in Tacoma, Washington, can help you find the cause and develop a treatment plan.

Craniofacial Pain Q & A

Northwest Dental Services & Denture Implant Center

What are the most common types of craniofacial pain?

There are several different types of craniofacial pain, as the term is used to describe many conditions affecting the head and face. Several types of headaches fall under this umbrella:

Tension and myofascial headaches

The most common type of a headache, tension headaches manifest as a feeling of tightness around your head. They are often caused by tight knots in the muscles of your upper back, neck, or face.

Migraine headaches

Migraine headaches are less common than tension headaches but are absolutely debilitating. If you find yourself sensitive to light and sound during a severe headache, you may be suffering from migraines.

You might also become nauseous or even temporarily lose your vision during a migraine. The pain can spread all over your head, neck, and face. As a chronic condition, migraines are unbearable and can seem hopeless.

Cervicogenic headaches

Highly treatable, cervicogenic headaches begin in the neck, spreading into the head and face as they become more severe. If the base of your skull becomes tender and neck movement is difficult or painful, you may be suffering from cervicogenic headaches.

Migraines, tension headaches, and cervicogenic headaches are three of the most common, but not the only, types of craniofacial pain, Dr. Martin can help to pinpoint which type you suffer from in order to best treat your pain.

Am I at risk of developing chronic craniofacial pain?

There are many potential causes of craniofacial pain, and finding your specific causes can help Dr. Martin to develop a personalized treatment plan for you. Common causes include:

  • Abnormal bite
  • Jaw clenching
  • Teeth grinding
  • Arthritis
  • Genetics
  • Jaw injury
  • Pulled muscles

If Dr. Martin determines that you are at risk of developing chronic craniofacial pain or TMJ pain, he can help you in taking measures to prevent pain and discomfort before a more serious condition develops.

What are my treatment options for craniofacial pain?

Suffering from chronic craniofacial pain can make everyday life difficult and trying. Luckily, many treatment options are available, and Dr. Martin can help you find one that will work best in the long-term. Common treatments and preventive measures include:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
  • Rehabilitation
  • Custom oral decompression orthotics
  • Surgery

In creating your treatment plan, Dr. Martin will take into account your overall health, genetics, and the nature and severity of your condition to develop the plan with the most positive outlook.

Living with chronic craniofacial pain is difficult but hardly inevitable. Call or schedule an appointment online with Northwest Dental Services and Denture Implant Center today and consult with Dr. Martin about your chronic craniofacial pain.