Facial Pain, Burning Mouth Syndrome and Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders

Facial pain can be an extremely distressing condition for the sufferer. There are many causes of facial pain. A detailed and concise history and examination need to be carried out in order for the condition to be managed appropriately.

Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is a condition in which patients have a burning feeling in the mouth. On examination the mouth appears normal. Despite the normal appearance of the mouth the symptoms are very real and may be extremely distressing. Patients have often had the symptoms for many months or even years before being correctly diagnosed.

The TMJ is the jaw joint between the jaw and the skull just in front of the ears. Disorders may be caused by injury or arthritic changes affecting the joint. Pain and stiffness of the joint may also be caused by stress which may increase the tendency to grind the teeth, often at night.