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Buccinator Muscle: Cheek, Mouth Teeth Pain

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The buccinator contributes to pain in the cheek and upper teeth. It can also cause pain when chewing and difficulty swallowing.

Buccinator Muscle Pain: Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain deep in the cheek
  • Pain in the upper teeth that can feel like an infected or abscessed tooth
  • Chewing can be painful
  • You may have difficulty swallowing

Where is the buccinator muscle?

The buccinator attaches the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) to the lips.

What movements does the buccinator muscle control?

  • Draws the corners of the mouth back
  • Draws the cheeks in when you blow air out through the mouth
  • Assists with chewing

Activities that cause buccinator pain and symptoms:

  • Ill-fitting dentures, bridges, or mouth pieces
  • Direct blow or hit to the cheek area
Buccinator Origin, Insertion, Action, Innervation

You use the buccinator muscle to blow air out through the mouth and move food around while chewing.

Interesting facts about the buccinator:

The buccinator is the muscle that helps you move food around in your mouth

Buccinator Pain and Symptoms Can Be Similar To, Contribute and be Affected By These Medical Diagnosis:

  • Temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (TMD)
  • Abscessed Tooth Pain
  • Tension Headache

Other muscles that should be considered and examined in conjunction with the buccinator muscle:

Satellite trigger points associated with the buccinator muscle:

  • Temporalis
  • Medial Pterygoids
  • Masseter Muscle on opposite side

For detailed anatomy information:  Buccinator Anatomy

Help with Buccinator Muscle Injury and Pain

Self Treatment For Buccinator Muscle Pain That Can Contribute To Cheek and Teeth Pain

The buccinator muscle can contribute to pain in the cheek and upper teeth. It can also contribute to pain while chewing and difficulty swallowing. Sometimes this pain is due to small knots or bands in the buccinator muscle. If you have unresolved pain in the cheek or upper teeth, consider purchasing Claire Davies  The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief.  Mr. Davies explain the trigger point phenomenon and muscle pain in everyday language.  But what makes this book worth its weight in gold are the individual muscle trigger point treatments that Davies has compiled. His diagrams and step by step instructions help you locate which muscles are contributing to your pain,  how to find the trigger point and treat it. It takes time and practice to master finding trigger points, but once you learn you have a tool and method to help relieve muscle pain throughout the body. If you suffer from unresolved cheek and or teeth pain or pain while chewing food, I highly recommend this book. Relieving trigger points in the buccinator muscle have helped many people resolve this pain. This book is a must-have for anyone interested in finding the cause and treating muscle pain.


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