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What Is an Orofacial Pain Specialist?

An Orofacial Pain Specialist is a dental professional with an advanced level of training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of pain disorders in the mouth, jaw, face, and neck. Unlike general dentists, Orofacial Pain Specialists do not treat typical dental conditions such as cavities or infections. Instead, they focus on non-dental pains that affect the jaw, mouth, face, head, and neck, with a particular emphasis on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD).

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Explained

“TMJ” stands for Temporomandibular Joint, which connects your jawbone to your skull. It is also commonly used to refer to a spectrum of muscle or joint symptoms that affect the side of the face or head, encompassing over 30 distinct conditions. Symptoms can range from jaw joint clicking and locking to painful jaw muscles, limited jaw opening, ear pain, fullness and ringing, temporal headaches, and sore teeth as a result of tooth clenching and/or grinding.

The Role of an Orofacial Pain Specialist

Orofacial Pain, recognized by the American Dental Association as one of the twelve dental specialties, requires practitioners to undergo extensive training beyond dental school. This specialization prepares them to tackle both common and challenging temporomandibular problems and complex chronic pain conditions that many healthcare providers may not commonly see and diagnose.

Conditions Treated by Orofacial Pain Specialists

Beyond TMJ disorders, Orofacial Pain Specialists are trained to diagnose and manage various chronic pain conditions. These include nerve pain conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia, headache disorders like migraines and cluster headaches, and persistent toothaches that do not stem from typical dental issues.

Additionally, Orofacial Pain specialists hold advanced training in Dental Sleep Medicine, which involves addressing snoring and obstructive sleep apnea through customized oral appliances.

Our Specialists at New York TMJ & Orofacial Pain

At New York TMJ and Orofacial Pain, we aim to provide you not just with treatment but also with the optimism and hope often required to solve difficult pain problems and maintain relief.

We have five convenient locations: midtown Manhattan, White Plains, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and Springfield, NJ. To book a consultation, call 212-265-0110. You can also click here to email us, and we’ll get back to you right away.

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