Clinical Evaluation of Orofacial Pain

  • Jeffrey P. OkesonEmail author
  • Isabel Moreno Hay
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Pain felt in the head and neck can be very challenging for the treating clinician. There are so many possible diagnoses, all of which require specific treatments. Success can only be achieved by selecting the proper treatment for the pain condition. Therefore, differential diagnosis is the most critical element for being successful. Proper diagnosis can only be achieved by acquiring the needed information from the patient. This chapter reviews the essential elements of taking a detailed pain history and performing a thorough examination.


Orofacial pain Temporomandibular disorders Pain history TMD history TMJ history Pain examination Clinical evaluation Cranial nerve TMD evaluation TMJ evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Orofacial Pain Program, College of DentistryUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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