Chronic Pain & Altered Sensations
The mouth and associated facial tissues include many nerves. These include those with special functions such as taste and swallowing and others that sense pain as part of the protection against damaging situations.
Many conditions can cause pain or other altered sensations. These may have a very detrimental impact on quality of life and affect activities of day-to-day living such as speaking, eating or tooth-brushing. There may be discomfort or worry about the underlying causes and what the future may hold. Some changes are associated with serious and potentially life-threatening conditions where early recognition and management are important.
Examples of conditions affecting the nerves of the mouth and face that fall within the scope of specialist Oral Medicine clinical practice include:
• Burning or scolded sensations
• Electric-shock like pains
• Dull aching pains
• Altered taste
Below are some case examples of chronic pain and altered sensations that give an indication of the breadth of conditions and issues that may be involved.
|1||Painful Tongue – Burning Mouth|
|3||Agonising, Shooting Pain – Trigeminal Neuralgia|
|4||Dull Aching Pain – Persistent Idiopathic Facial Pain|
|5||Facial Pain – Temporomandibular Disorder|
|6||Facial Pain – Temporal (Giant Cell) Arteritis|