Non-odontogenic “Tooth” Pain
Non-odontogenic “tooth” pain characteristics are the key to identifying the underlying disorder: a detailed pain history will guide most of the diagnostic process.
Pain can be referred from local and distant structures, including musculoskeletal, neuropathic, and neurovascular sources.
Response to provocation tests and administration of local anesthetic may help to rule out or confirm the origin of the pain, as well as determine therapeutic approaches.
Treatment options vary widely by diagnosis and are directed at the mechanism of the source of pain.
Missed non-odontogenic “tooth” pain diagnoses may result in unnecessary dental procedures, as well as continued symptomatology.
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