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Whether developed over time or caused by an acute injury, orofacial pain can significantly affect your daily life and overall well-being. It can manifest as discomfort, tenderness, or even sharp sensations in the mouth, jaw, or face, making it challenging to carry out everyday tasks. However, with a comprehensive and personalized orofacial pain treatment plan, you can experience relief and improve your quality of life more quickly and effectively. 

Don’t let orofacial pain hold you back – take the first step towards a pain-free future today when you contact our Washington, PA office!

‍We Treat Painful Orofacial Trigger Points At The Source

Orofacial pain is a chronic condition that arises when the soft tissue in the facial region becomes inflamed, leading to varying degrees of discomfort. Trigger points, which are characterized by stiffness, limited range of motion, and tender muscles or tendons that “twitch” when provoked, are commonly associated with orofacial pain. If you’ve ever encountered the discomfort of a stiff neck or aching jaw, you have experienced firsthand the effects of these trigger points.

Orofacial trigger points can be linked to a variety of factors – from injury or muscle strain to overuse or misuse. Misaligned teeth, teeth grinding, anxiety, and stress are common culprits when it comes to orofacial pain trigger points. Certified by AAFE, Dr. Elizabeth Wakim is uniquely poised to treat these and other causes of orofacial pain trigger points.

Common Questions

The treatment for orofacial pain trigger points can vary from patient to patient, as it depends on individual needs. Your personalized treatment plan may include a range of therapies to address specific concerns such as sleep disturbances like obstructive sleep apnea, bruxism (excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching), facial muscle tension, and more. 

By scheduling a consultation today, you can gain a deeper understanding of what your unique orofacial pain treatment plan would look like, tailored to your specific requirements and preferences.

Yes, patients can experience orofacial pain in a region that is different from the location of the trigger point. This phenomenon highlights the importance of seeking guidance from a trained orofacial pain trigger point expert to ensure accurate identification and treatment of these trigger points. By consulting with an expert, you can better understand the complexities involved in managing orofacial pain and ensure that you receive the most effective and targeted care.

In addition to damage to the teeth themselves, misaligned or crooked teeth can also put excess pressure on the muscles and joints in your jaw. This strain can create tension and irritation in these areas, causing trigger points and orofacial pain. Furthermore, teeth grinding or bruxism can also contribute to the development of trigger points. This condition involves clenching or grinding your teeth, often unconsciously, which can strain the muscles and joints in your jaw. Over time, this repetitive motion can lead to trigger points and chronic pain in the affected areas.

Seeking treatment for misaligned teeth and bruxism is crucial in managing orofacial pain. Addressing these underlying causes can prevent further damage to your teeth and alleviate tension and irritation in your muscles and joints. Treatment may include orthodontics such as braces or night guards to protect against bruxism while sleeping.

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