What is the Trigeminal Nerve?

The trigeminal nerve is the largest nerve in the face. In addition to being responsible for facial sensations, this nerve also controls motor functions such as biting and chewing. Running through the jaw, the trigeminal nerve is most impacted by TMD.

Many of the symptoms of TMD are caused by pressure placed on the trigeminal nerve. This includes jaw pain, but also headaches, eye pressure, and ear and nose pain. Pressure on the trigeminal nerve can impact your ability to open and close the jaw and may even result in complete lockjaw.

The trigeminal nerve has three main braches:

  • The ophthalmic nerve
  • The maxillary nerve
  • The mandibular nerve

Combined, these branches supply sensation to every area of the face and, when one section of the nerve is compressed, pain sensation is often experienced throughout. One of the most effective ways to relieve this pressure is by relaxing muscles and restoring proper alignment to the jaw.

Mesa dentists Dr. Scott T. LeSueur and Dr. Charles A. Dodaro offer a number of TMD treatment options that can relieve pressure on the trigeminal nerve and restore comfort to the face and jaw. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of TMD, we would be honored to meet with you for a comprehensive evaluation to help you determine how best to reestablish proper alignment.

To schedule your TMD consultation at our Mesa, Arizona office, please contact Scott T. LeSueur, DDS and Charles A. Dodaro, DDS today.

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