What is the Trigeminal Nerve?

The trigeminal nerve is the fifth cranial nerve. The three branches of the trigeminal nerve are ophthalmic, maxillary, and mandibular. These branches run throughout your face and head to relay sensations from your mouth, teeth, and face to your brain. It also controls the muscles used for chewing.

Running through your jaw, pressure from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) will adversely impact sensations throughout your trigeminal nerve, sending signals of distress and pain to your brain and resulting in terrible discomfort. Burke, Virginia neuromuscular dentist Dr. Pamela Marzban can relieve this pain with TMJ treatment, restoring alignment to your jaw and eliminating pressure on this sensitive nerve.

Restoring Comfort

Dr. Marzban trained in neuromuscular dentistry at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies. There, she learned the workings of the trigeminal nerve and the best methods to relieve pressure and restore comfort to people suffering from TMD.

While TMD originates in your jaw, the trigeminal nerve can cause pain from the jaw to be experienced in every area of your face and head. Only through a combined neuromuscular dentistry approach can pressure on this nerve be released and comfort fully restored.

If you are suffering from facial or jaw pain in the areas of Burke, Fairfax, or Fairfax Station, Virginia, please contact Dr. Pamela Marzban to schedule a TMJ evaluation today.