Trigeminal neuralgia is a dysfunction of the trigeminal nerve that results in extreme and often progressive pain. Like TMJ, it may results in jaw pain, face pain, headaches, and more, but it tends to be more serious.
Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by many different types of pain. You may experience:
- Occasional mild pain
- Occasional sharp stabbing pain. May be spontaneous or may be triggered by:
- Touching the face
- Brushing teeth
- Light breeze on the face
- Pain may be in the jaw, teeth, gums, lips, the cheek, the eye, or forehead
- Pain may affect only one side of the face
- May be distributed across a large area or focused in a tiny spot
Trigeminal neuralgia attacks tend to start more mild and become more frequent and severe over time.