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Colonial Dental Group Cosmetic Dentistry Blog - Dooley, Lewis, and Quezada

Thursday, April 30, 2009

What is the Trigeminal Nerve?

The trigeminal nerve is one of the most important nerves in the entire human body. This nerve controls the feeling and movement in the face, head, neck, and throat. The trigeminal nerve is also located very near the temporomandibular joint; the point at which the lower jaw connects to the skull.

When the temporomandibular joint comes out of alignment, it is called TMJ or TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). TMD can cause pain and discomfort all over the face as a result of irritating the trigeminal nerve. Some of the other serious side effects of TMD include:

  • Chipped, Worn, or Cracked Teeth as a result of Tooth Grinding
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Jaw Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Facial Pain
  • Sensitive Teeth
  • "Lock" Jaw

To help you deal with your TMD pain or trigeminal nerve pain, the experienced neuromuscular dentistry professionals at the Colonial Dental Group in Glenview, Illinois will evaluate the status of your temporomandibular joint and trigeminal nerve and determine how best to correct the alignment of your jaw.

If you live in the Chicago, Illinois area and are dealing with trigeminal nerve pain, please schedule an initial consultation with the Colonial Dental Group to learn about TMD and how you can correct it.

posted by Erica at 3:22 PM

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