TMJ can be associated with pain at many points in your face and neck. You may experience pain at the top of your neck or at the upper part of your back. You may feel pain at your jaw or up around or behind your eyes. TMJ treatment can reduce the amount of pain you feel and the frequency of your pain episodes.
If you suffer from neck and facial pain or other TMJ symptoms, we can help. Please call 509-532-1111 (Spokane) or 509-927-2273 (Spokane Valley) or email Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics today to schedule an appointment at our Spokane or Spokane Valley location.
Face Pain, Neck Pain, and TMJ
TMJ disorder has many symptoms, but many TMJ sufferers report face and neck pain. This includes:
- Pain behind the eyes
- Pain over or around the eyes
- Pain in the cheeks
- Neck pain
- Upper back pain
- Jaw pain
About half of all TMJ sufferers report each of these types of pain. Nearly all TMJ patients suffer one or more of these types of pain.
Causes of Face and Neck Pain in TMJ
Most face and neck pain related to TMJ is myofascial pain, which actually has nothing to do with the face. Instead, it’s a description of pain that comes from the muscle itself. The cause of this pain is not well understood, but there are many potential explanations.
One is that myofascial pain is due to overactivity of the muscle. It has been described as Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). Another possible explanation is that TMJ is pinching nerves that carry pain information from the regions of your face, specifically the trigeminal nerve. This explanation seems to be the cause of earaches and tinnitus caused by TMJ. Trigeminal nerve irritation is also implicated in TMJ-triggered migraine headaches.
TMJ Treatment and Face and Neck Pain
TMJ treatment has proven successful in treating the face pain suffered by many patients. Studies show that all patients tend to see a reduction of facial pain following treatment for TMJ, although the degree of reduction depends on the individual.
If you are suffering with face and neck pain that is caused by your TMJ, don’t suffer any more. Instead, please contact Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics today for an appointment at our Spokane or Spokane Valley office.