(Last Updated On: August 10, 2018)
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
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:
- Medial Pterygoids
- Masseter Muscle on opposite side
Help with Buccinator Muscle Injury and 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.
Twelve years of experience working with clients with chronic pain, post injury pain, and post surgery pain. Muscle dysfunction is often overlooked but can hold the key to many pain conditions.