Signs or Symptoms
Pain and ache which occurs over the area supplied by this nerve on the side of the face. There are three sections of the nerve.
Severe pain that occurs over the side of the face. It can be initiated by a cold breeze, chewing, extreme opening of the mouth like yawning, or for no reason.
Changes in the function of the nerve are caused by an inflammation that can be caused by local pressure from other structures like blood vessels or muscles or from an infection like herpes.
Medical treatment is aimed at reducing the inflammation or limiting the infective process. Dental care may involve splints to reduce TMJ muscle contraction.
Proper functioning and motion in the cranial bones, through which the nerve passes, is examined for. Following this, an examination of the muscles of the jaw is undertaken looking for abnormal muscle contraction that could cause pressure on the nerve. Nutritional approaches are considered which are aimed at reducing muscle spasm, reducing inflammation and/or increasing the immune response. Other lifestyle modifications are used to prevent or minimize exacerbating the condition. A specific program for your needs is created.