We successfully treat many patients who are in pain with our various dental therapies (see TMD,TMJ). However, often times their pain is not completely or even partially coming from dental problems. In these cases we have to further investigate the cause of their remaining pain. We have a simple and yet extremely effective technique for determining the general causes of your facial, jaw or head pain. The vast majority of our patients are cured completely. However, when further treatment and diagnosis is required, Dr. Plascyk will refer patients to other specialists. Again, keep in mind that often times their is more than one cause for head, face and jaw pain. In these cases, a practicioner relying on only one treatment modality (e.g. dental appliance, spinal or neck adjustments, etc) will not solve your problem.
Pain in General:
To understand pain in the head, face, jaw, neck and shoulders you need to understand some basic concepts.
Pain can be generated from nerve pain receptors (heat, cold, vibration, stretch and chemical stimuli) or by nerve dysfunction (no pain receptors involved). Pain that arises from stimulation of pain receptors is called nociceptive pain. Pain that arises from nerve dysfunction (not pain receptors) is called non-nociceptive pain. Pain receptors for nociceptive pain are found in the musculo-skeletal system and viscera (internal organs). The musculo-skeletal system includes the skin, muscles, joints, bones and ligaments. Non-nociceptive pain occurs in the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS). The PNS are the nerves between the tissues and the spinal cord. The CNS are the nerves in the spinal cord and brain. Non-nociceptive pain includes neuralgia (neuritis, neuropathy) and sympathetic pain. The most common nociceptive pain we experience is muscular pain. The most common non-nociceptive pain we experience is neuralgia.