Taking the shooting pain away
In almost all cases the cause is “obscure”, he points out, with the pain generating from the 5th(trigeminal nerve) of the 12 cranial nerves.
This is one of the most widely-distributed nerves in the head.
Looking closely at the trigeminal nerve, this Neurosurgeon says that it has three branches that conduct sensations from the upper, middle and lower portions of the face and the oral cavity, to the brain.
The three branches of the trigeminal nerve are:
- Upper or ophthalmic branch – supplying sensation to most of the scalp, forehead and front of the head.
- Middle or maxillary branch – stimulating the cheek, upper jaw, top lip, teeth and gums and also the side of the nose.
- Lower or mandibular branch – supplying nerves to the lower jaw, teeth and gums and bottom lip.