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Trigeminal Neuralgia & Nerve Pain

Is this you? You’re going about your daily activities when suddenly you experience excruciating pain in your face, teeth, gums, lips, or mouth area. The pain is intense and stabbing, and it feels like you’ve been hit by an electric shock!

If this sounds familiar, you may have a condition known as trigeminal neuralgia or TN. The pain of trigeminal neuralgia can be so severe it’s thought to be the most agonizing pain anyone can experience.

The pain symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia in your face or teeth can hit when you least expect it, such as:

  • While you’re washing your face
  • While you’re brushing your teeth
  • While you’re shaving
  • When you drink cold or hot beverages
  • When you blow your nose
  • When the wind blows in your face
  • When you put on makeup
  • Or, even when you smile or talk

The Difference Between Trigeminal Neuralgia and Trigeminal Nerve Pain

Your trigeminal nerve consists of three branches that extend to different areas of your face. The nerve provides and controls the sensations you feel in your face and teeth, including touch, pain, and temperature. The second and third branches of the trigeminal nerve are responsible for all sensations you feel in your teeth.

The pain you feel from a common toothache, wisdom tooth problems, dental infections, sinus problems, jaw muscle problems, and TMJ all involve your trigeminal nerve.

Trigeminal Neuralgia, however, is mainly related to damage or diseases that cause the insulation of trigeminal nerve fibers to become compromised.

Treatment For Trigeminal Neuralgia & Nerve Pain

While the medical community has not yet found a cure for trigeminal neuralgia, your TN episodes can become less frequent and much less intense when diagnosed, and you receive treatment for trigeminal from a highly-trained and experienced healthcare provider.

There is hope.

At New York TMJ & Orofacial Pain, we have provided treatment for trigeminal neuralgia patients for over three decades. We understand and recognize the symptoms and are deeply committed to helping people like you suffer less. Our knowledge, experience, and philosophy of care will calm your fears.

Call 212-265-0110 to make an appointment at one of our five convenient offices in Manhattan, White Plains, Long Island and Springfield, NJ. If you can’t call, please complete this quick form , and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Trigeminal Neuralgia and Persistent Toothaches

Let’s say you have a persistent toothache that won’t go away. Your dentist hasn’t been able to figure out what is causing it despite exams and x-rays. It’s suggested that you have a root canal and agree to go ahead – because you’re willing to try anything to feel better.

You have the root canal, but the pain still does not go away.

A toothache can be the first symptom of Trigeminal Neuralgia. We frequently see patients who have been to their dentist and had numerous treatments that all failed. It’s depressing and scary. And the fear makes the pain worse.

At New York TMJ & Orofacial Pain, the first line of treatment for trigeminal neuralgia (after the diagnosis) involves medications to reduce the nerve sparking and excitation you’ve been dealing with. We may prescribe topical medications to apply inside your mouth and on your face, repetitive nerve blocks with lidocaine, BOTOX® injections, or a combination. Our goal is to keep trying until you start to feel better.

You don’t have to suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, and there is hope. If pain in your face or jaw is taking over your life, it’s time to look deeper, and we can help.

Make an appointment at one of our convenient offices in the New York City metropolitan area – Manhattan, White Plains County, or Long Island by calling 212-265-0110. If you can’t call, please complete this quick click here , and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

More detailed information about trigeminal neuralgia and trigeminal nerve pain can be found here: Understanding the Difference Between Trigeminal Nerve Pain & Trigeminal Neuralgia.