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When you have facial pain, it can show up in various ways including intensity and frequency. Whether you have facial pain on one side or another or how often you have it, it is hard to ignore and relief is sought. Facial pain can arise due to problems with nerves, infections, and trauma or injury. Let’s take a look at three sources of pain in your face.

-Dry Socket: when you have a tooth removed, such as a wisdom tooth, or a damaged tooth that can’t be saved, you can experience a dry socket. This happens when the blood clot doesn’t form right after the tooth is taken out. Unfortunately, this causes intense pain, along with swelling of the gum tissue, fever, and a bad taste in the mouth. In this case, your dentist (or oral surgeon) will treat your dry socket.

-Dental Abscess: another painful cause of pain in the head is an abscessed tooth. This is an infection where bacteria get into the nerves and blood vessels of a tooth. This can happen if you have a cracked tooth, tooth decay that reaches the tooth pulp, and gum disease. Signs that indicate you have a dental abscess include persistent, throbbing pain, a bad taste in the mouth, fever, red gums, and swelling in the face. If you have any of these symptoms, you will want to seek help from your dentist as soon as possible, as this is a serious condition.

-Sinus Infections: if you have sinusitis, you may experience pain in a wide swath across your faces. Sinusitis can affect the upper jaw and teeth, causing a painful ache. You may notice pressure around the eyes and cheeks, swelling of the face, pain in the ears, fever, and bad breath. Some patients mistake the pain with a toothache in the molars, because the roots of the molars are close to the sinus cavity. If cold and sinus medications aren’t helping, you will want to see your doctor for help.

At Dr. James E. Gaff, our dentist, Dr. James E. Gaff in Jacksonville, Florida, is here to assist with your oral health needs. Please call us at 904-641-2655 to learn more or to schedule a visit with our team.