Non-odontogenic “Tooth” Pain

  • Flavia P. KaposEmail author
  • Donald R. Nixdorf


  • 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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of TMD & Orofacial Pain, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, School of DentistryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Oral Health Sciences, School of DentistryUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology, School of Public HealthUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  4. 4.Department of Neurology, Medical SchoolUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA
  5. 5.HealthPartners Institute for Education and ResearchBloomingtonUSA

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