October 29th, 2014
The problem with burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is that it is never consistent. It can take many forms and deflect different intensities of pain in different areas of the mouth. No one case of burning mouth syndrome is the same, which is one of the reasons it is so difficult to treat.
Burning mouth syndrome, which affects more females than males, can feature a wide array of symptoms. If you are experiencing any of the following, consult an orofacial pain specialist for help managing your pain:
- Burning sensation in the mouth with no obvious tissue damage or lesions
- Dry mouth
- Metallic taste
- Tinnitus (ear ringing)
- Difficulty swallowing or chewing
BMS is a result of an overstimulated trigeminal nervous system, more commonly known as the chewing system nerve. This overstimulation stems from an abundance of pain signals shooting from multiple sources, which leads to an increased upregulation of the sympathetic system and damaged nerve tissue.
Contact Raleigh Facial Pain Center for Help Managing Burning Mouth Syndrome
Unfortunately for patients suffering from burning mouth syndrome, there is no known cure for the pain — only management techniques. BMS management begins by trying to pinpoint the area the pain is coming from. If this is not possible, your pain will be treated conservatively, and if that fails to work, our Raleigh orofacial pain specialists will consider the possibility of a more invasive approach to identify and relieve your mouth pain.
If you think you may be suffering from this oral syndrome, please don’t hesitate to contact Raleigh Facial Pain Center. We have experience helping patients manage this mouth pain and we look forward to helping you lead a healthier, pain-free life.
October 22nd, 2014
Earaches are common in children and adults, most often brought about by changes in pressure, infections, and other similar causes. But, how do you know when you are suffering from an atypical earache caused by a jaw or neck disorder? If you answer “yes” to any of the following statements, seek professional help for your atypical earache from an orofacial pain specialist:
- I visited my doctor or family practitioner for an earache and my ear exam showed no inflammation.
- I visited my doctor or family practitioner for an earache and a prescription for antibiotics did not make the pain go away.
- I visited my doctor or family practitioner for an earache and was referred to an ENT who conducted an ear exam which showed no inflammation.
How Jaw Joints Can Cause Atypical Earaches
More often than not, atypical earaches are caused by the next door neighbor, the jaw joint. In one study of 344 patients, 60% with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) had ear pain. The jaw and ear joint are connected in two ways:
- The “wiring of the skull,” a complex bone structure which makes it difficult to discriminate between the jaw and ear joint
- A common nerve distribution, known as the auriculotemporal nerve
It is this convoluted wiring in the facial structure that causes the brain to often mix up pain signals to the jaw and ear.
Schedule an Atypical Earache Consultation with Raleigh Facial Pain Center Today
Are you frustrated by the ineffective medical treatment for your atypical earache? Schedule a consultation with Raleigh’s only board-certified orofacial pain specialist at Raleigh Facial Pain Center by calling (919) 781-6600. We understand the ins and outs of ear pain-related pathologies, and we are committed to helping you get to the root of the problem.