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We Get It

Facial pain is common and often the result of headaches and injuries. However, other causes of facial pain include nerve conditions, jaw, and dental problems, and infections. Facial pain can originate from a specific area of the face, or it may radiate from another part of the head.

95% of facial / Jaw pain is muscular in nature. 

There are many causes of Facial pain. Here at About: Face we look at and can help with: 

TMJ Pain

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Acute Facial paralysis 


Headaches &

Transient Bells palsy

And More.... 

Woman holds hands on jaw and feels tooth


What Are The Symptoms of TMJ And How Is It Treated?

The main symptoms of TMJ include moderate to severe pain, discomfort, and soreness in the jaw hinge joint in front of the ear and pain in the ear, neck, head and jaw.

You might have other TMJ symptoms, such as:

  • Clicking, grating, and popping sounds coming from your jaw joint when you move it

  • Toothaches

  • Pain and tenderness that spreads to the ears, neck, and shoulders

  • Locked jaw

  • Earaches, tinnitus, and dizziness

  • Difficulty chewing

  • Facial asymmetry

About Face offers a non surgical approach for TMJ, depending on the cause and severity. Treatment is aimed at the functional cause of the problem, just like it would be for any other joint problem. Balancing The Muscles to support the joint.  

Muscular Balancing such as Jaw exercise and Massage Therapy. are an important part of your treatment. 

About Face May Refer for Oral appliance therapy if it is needed to realign the lower jaw bone and disk. 

Oral Appliance Therapy can be used to balance out misaligned bites and take pressure off of the pain sensitive area within the jaw joint. 

Orthotic Appliances are not the same as nightguards as nightguards are meant only to protect the teeth from wear and can worsen TMJ problems and sleep apnea. 



What causes facial pain and what are your treatments?

Facial pain can vary depending on the person. You might experience a full and throbbing feeling or an intense, stabbing pain or even burning.

Facial pain can a begin in the neck and radiate through the jaw and face.

At About Face we offer treatments that include:

  • Massage, stretching, and specific facial exercises

Don’t just try to tolerate your facial pain. Find relief at About Face Today. 


3 Muscles that cause a lot of dental complaints:  Masseter, Temporalis, & Digastric.  Each muscle has a distinct pattern of pain that refers to the teeth. 

Masseter refers pain to the back teeth, top and bottom.

The Temporalis refers pain to the whole set of upper teeth, moving backward tooth by tooth accordingly with the location of the trigger point along the lower edge of the muscle.  

The Digastric refers pain to only the front bottom teeth. 
These trigger points can be treated effectively with simple methods, and a lot of tooth pain and unnecessary dental procedures can be avoided!

**It is always important to maintain dental health and to be evaluated by a qualified dental professional to determine whether you have a more serious condition.

These detailed referred pain patterns come from Dr. Janet Travell and Dr. David Simons' extensive research and writings (Myofascial Pain & Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual).

"A myofascial trigger point is defined as a hyperirritable spot in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. It has been suggested that myofascial trigger points take part in chronic pain conditions including primary headache disorders." 


Headaches can be debilitating and some have been linked to tight muscles in and around the head and neck. If you suffer from chronic headaches then About - Face may be able to help by using gentle intraoral and extraoral massage techniques. 

(Non Surgical) TMJ, Facial Pain & Headaches: About
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