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Facial Pain Specialist

Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C.

Board Certified Otolaryngologist & Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA & Cumming, GA

Facial pain is hard to ignore, whether it's due to dental problems, a migraine, sinusitis, or problems with the facial nerves. If you're struggling with constant or recurrent facial pain, Ramie A. Tritt, MD, of Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. can help. A board-certified otolaryngologist who excels in treating many of the causes of facial pain. Call one of his two offices in Atlanta, Georgia, today, or schedule a consultation using the online booking form.

Facial Pain Q & A

What causes facial pain?

Facial pain can develop for various reasons. The more common ones include:

  • Ulcers (open sores)
  • Tooth abscesses
  • Skin abscesses
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Facial injuries
  • Herpes zoster (shingles)
  • Sinusitis
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain)
  • Temporomandibular disorder (jaw pain)

The nature of your facial pain gives some clues as to its cause. For example, a throbbing pain above and behind your eyes and nose that worsens when you bend over is likely to be sinus related. Trigeminal neuralgia, on the other hand, causes intense, shooting pain.

How is facial pain diagnosed?

To diagnose your facial pain, your provider at Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. asks you about your symptoms and any other health issues you have. They also go over your medical history and carry out a physical examination to look for what's causing your facial pain.

You might need to have a blood test and undergo diagnostic procedures, including:

  • X-ray
  • CT scan
  • MRI scan
  • Nerve conduction velocity test
  • Electromyogram

These tests can determine what's happening inside your head to cause your facial pain. They also help show the extent of the problem, for example, how much tissue is blocking your sinuses.

How is facial pain treated?

Treatment for your facial pain is dependent on what's causing it. Tooth abscesses and other dental causes of facial pain require an expert dentist. If your facial pain is coming from your eye, you need to see an ophthalmologist.

Facial injuries and temporomandibular disorder might require maxillofacial surgery. Headaches and migraines typically improve with medications to reduce their severity and help prevent future attacks.

Acute sinusitis generally resolves itself within a few weeks, although you might require antibiotics if there's an infection present.

Chronic sinusitis can be harder to treat, and you might need to undergo a procedure like balloon sinuplasty or functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) to open up your sinuses and relieve pressure.

If you're experiencing facial pain, the correct diagnosis is vital to ensure you receive timely, effective treatment. Call Atlanta ENT, Sinus & Allergy Associates, P.C. today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.