Facial Pain Specialist

Hailun Wu, DMD -  - Dentist

Greenwood Smile Dental

Hailun Wu, DMD

Dentist located in Seattle, WA

Persistent facial pain from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders or after extensive dental work can impact the quality of your life. Men and women in the greater-Seattle area who experience facial pain without relief from home remedies turn to Hailun Wu, DMD, of Greenwood Smile Dental for her expertise as a dentist who effectively diagnoses and treats facial pain. If other therapies haven’t relieved your facial pain and discomfort, call Dr. Wu’s office to schedule a consultation or book the next available appointment using the online system.

Facial Pain Q & A

What causes persistent or chronic facial pain?

Trauma, extensive dental work, and TMJ disorders are among the many potential causes of persistent or chronic facial pain. If you suffer from any of the following conditions, Dr. Wu might be able to help relieve your pain and minimize or reduce your dependency on pain medications:

  • Migraine headaches
  • TMJ disorders
  • Bruxism (grinding your teeth)
  • Myofascial pain (in the soft tissue)

Dr. Wu accurately diagnoses the cause of your facial pain so she can prescribe the most effective treatment for long-term pain relief.

How does a dentist treat facial pain?

Depending on the cause of your pain, Dr. Wu recommends treatments that focus on the root cause of the pain, while also relieving debilitating symptoms. She takes an individualized approach to treating your facial pain, so there’s not a one-size-fits-all remedy. For example, if you have TMJ disorders in your jaw, Dr. Wu can prescribe a custom-fitted oral appliance, or bite splint, to alleviate stress and tension on your jaw muscles and properly align your teeth.

For many adults with severe facial pain that comes from TMJ disorders, bruxism, or other dental problems, Botox® injections are beneficial. After identifying the source of your pain, Dr. Wu injects Botox into specific areas of your face to temporarily paralyze muscle activity. Botox can significantly improve pain and help restore function so you can open and close your mouth without severe pain.

How long does pain relief from Botox injections last?

Studies have shown that most patients who receive Botox for facial pain experience a dramatic difference in painful symptoms for up to 60 days. In many cases, Botox provides relief so you don’t have to take pain medications as frequently – or at all. Most patients in the study reported that they were still symptom-free 20 days after their Botox injections.

Who is a good candidate for Botox injections for facial pain?

If you are generally in good health, and you’re not allergic to botulinum toxin – the main ingredient in Botox – you could be a good candidate for Botox injections to relieve your facial pain. Dr. Wu first speaks to you about your pain, performs a comprehensive examination, and discusses other pain remedies you’ve tried in the past. If you decide Botox is right for you, Dr. Wu creates a customized treatment plan to provide relief from painful symptoms.

To learn more about treating facial pain for long-term relief, call Greenwood Smile Dental for an appointment, or book online today.