Diagnosis of Orofacial Pain of Dental Origin
Odontogenic (tooth related) pain is by far the most prevalent source of orofacial pain. Because of the high prevalence, it is important to rule out odontogenic pain when evaluating patients with orofacial pain complaints. Odontalgia (toothache) is the most common source of odontogenic pain. Pain associated with the supporting structures of the teeth (periodontium) can be sources of pain as well. Oral mucosa and adjacent structures such as the sinuses and temporomandibular joint also are significant sources of orofacial pain that can be considered in the realm of dental pain. Neuropathic and idiopathic pain entities can present as pain of dental origin also.
KeywordsPulpitis Periodontitis Mucositis Temporomandibular Myofascial pain Neuropathic pain Trigger points Idiopathic pain
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