Sometimes the reason for the face pain is unknown.
Your treatment will be based on the cause of your pain.
Painkillers may provide temporary relief. If the pain is severe or does not go away, call your primary health care provider or dentist.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your provider if:
Face pain is accompanied by chest, shoulder, neck, or arm pain. This could mean a heart attack. Call your local emergency number (such as 911).
Pain is throbbing, worse on one side of the face, and aggravated by eating. Call a dentist.
Pain is persistent, unexplained, or accompanied by other unexplained symptoms. Call your primary provider.
What to Expect at Your Office Visit
If you have an emergency condition (such as a possible heart attack), you will first be stabilized. Then, the provider will ask about your symptoms and medical history and do a physical exam. You will be referred to a dentist for tooth problems.
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Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.