About Trigeminal Neuralgia
Trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic pain condition affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. When suffering from this condition even mild stimulation of the face through actions like applying makeup or brushing the teeth, can cause immense pain in the face. Patients may describe the pain initially as short mild bouts of discomfort, progressing overtime into long-lasting and excruciating pain. At times, the pain can be controlled with anti-inflammatory medications, but in some situations, more effective medical procedures may be required. Board-certified dentist, Dr. Todd McCracken at Laser Smile Studio in Denton, TX offers an effective treatment for trigeminal neuralgia.
Trigeminal Neuralgia Treatment Reviews
"I travel 40 miles to Laser Smile Studio - I travel 40 miles to Laser Smile Studio only because they are the best in the business. Dr. McCracken has literally saved my teeth. I had a dentist that wanted to remove 6 of them. With the combination of the latest laser technology, pain management and ongoing dental health, Laser Smile Studio is the only place I will trust my dental hygiene to."- R.K. / SmileReminder / Oct 19, 2017
"Awesome dentist - The personnel is very kind and attentive. The doctor is awesome. I didn't feel any pain when I had to put a crown on one of my molars, and it looks like my own tooth."- W.J. / SmileReminder / Dec 09, 2020
"Few things cause me to have greater anxiety than going to the dentist. I tense up, my heart rate makes a hummingbird's look slow, and I'm often a puddle of perspiration at the end of the appointment. So I very much appreciated Dr. McCracken's empathy and his approach to pain avoidance and pain management. I had 4 cracked teeth that needed crowns, which amped up my anxiety level to new heights. Thankfully the sedation and local anesthetic worked to perfection for the temporary crown installations during the first appointment. And Dr. McCracken exhibited great patience with me in the second appointment (to install the permanent crowns), when I needed additional local anesthetic to alleviate lingering sensitivity."- B.B. / SmileReminder / Apr 07, 2021
"I have been Dr. McCracken's patient for many years now. He is so compassionate and takes special care of his patients. I have co-workers who were not a patient but were in severe pain and he took care of them right away; they also would not dream of seeing any other dentist. Shelly has been cleaning my teeth for a long time , she does such a wonderful job , is so gentle and sweet and puts up with my gibberish."- T.A. / SmileReminder / Apr 29, 2021
Trigeminal Neuralgia Symptoms
Trigeminal neuralgia can reveal itself in a number of different manners over a period of time. At times, patients will confuse the discomfort with that of a severe toothache. Patients suffering from this condition, commonly note these symptoms.
- Severe, shooting pain that occasionally feels like an electric shock
- Bouts of pain that seem to be triggered by teeth brushing, or makeup applying
- Pain that comes on suddenly and subsides quickly
- Repeated bouts of sharp pain over a period of weeks and months
- Spasms in the face, followed by burning and aching
- Chronic pain in the eyes, forehead, lips, jaw and teeth
- Localized pain on one side of the face, at times confused for tooth ache
- Sporadic pain increasing in frequency over time
Dr. McCracken is proficient in laser dentistry and is excited to offer his Laser Smile Studio patients a minimally invasive treatment option for trigeminal neuralgia. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is the use of laser technology to treat facial pain and discomfort through nerve tissue regeneration. Laser therapy is quickly gaining popularity in the medical and dental fields because it has an advanced ability to provide reduced invasion treatment for a broad number of conditions. In recent controlled studies, patients suffering from trigeminal neuralgia have reported feeling less discomfort within minutes of their first LLLT treatment.
Laser therapy treatment align with Dr. McCracken’s mission to provide his patients with dental care that is effective, while remaining minimally invasive. Laser therapy can be used to successfully treat a number of dental issues with a reduced amount of discomfort. Low-level laser therapy benefits also include:
- Shorter recovery periods
- Commonly prevents the need for surgery
- Safer than traditional treatment options
- Noticeable relief commonly noted upon the first treatment
- Minimal anxiety about possible future sessions
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Patients suffering from trigeminal neuralgia may feel anxiety about their condition due to their inability to judge when their pain will return, or for how long. Laser Smile Studio wants you to know that you do not have to suffer with this debilitating pain and anxiety any longer. Call Laser Smile Studio today to set up a consultation with Dr. McCracken. We look forward to discussing the benefits of LLLT with you, and are hopeful that we can reduce your pain and help restore your full quality of life.