Face pain may be dull and throbbing or a sharp, intense feeling of discomfort in one or both sides of the face or forehead. Pain that starts in the face may be caused by a nerve disorder, an injury or an infection in a structure of the face, and sometimes face pain occurs for no known reason.
Among the causes of facial pain are:
- Abscessed tooth
- Cluster headache
- Injury to the face
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Sinusitis or sinus infection
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome
- Trigeminal neuralgia
Painkillers may provide temporary relief. If the pain is severe or persistent, call your primary healthcare provider or dentist.
If face pain is accompanied by chest, shoulder, neck, or arm pain, you may be experiencing a heart attack and should call 911 immediately.