Oro-Facial Pain
Useful Websites:

American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP)

American Headache Society (AHS)

Brain & Spine Foundation


Facial Neuralgia Resources

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK

Brain and Spine Foundation Online

Useful Articles:

Headache & Facial Pain

A Brain & Spine Disorders Booklet - Face Pain

Dental Update 1999.  Orofacial Pain

British Medical Journal 2000.  ABC of Oral Health - Oro-
facial Soreness and Pain

British Dental Journal 2001.  Chronic idiopathic orofacial pain
- I. What is the evidence base?

British Dental Journal 2001.  Chronic idiopathic orofacial pain
- II. What can the General Dental Practioner do?

J Canadian Dent Assoc 2004.  Diagnostic Challenges of
Neuropathic Tooth Pain

British Dental Journal 2006.  Oral Medicine, Update for the
GDP - Oro-Facial Pain

Dental Update 2007. Diagnosis & Management of Non-Dental
Oro-Facial Pain.

British Dental Journal 2008.  Unexplained Orofacial Pain - Is
an early diagnosis possible?

British Association of Oral Surgeons 2008.  “Diagnostic
Dilemmas in Facial Pain
Oro-Facial Pain represents an important clinical pain issue
affecting a large number of patients, from childhood to old

Oro-Facial Pain consists of a varied group of conditions
ranging from simple tooth ache to
jaw joint problems to

Patients with these condition will often have been treated by
a spectrum of healthcare professionals, ranging from
dentists, GP's, ENT surgeons, psychologists, neurologists
and surgeons with a different approach to history,
examination, classification and treatment.

It is not unusual to see the same patient being sent from one
specialist to another without communication between the
healthcare providers.  The results can be frustrating and
disappointing for all the parties involved.

In this section of the website, the more 'commonly
oro-facial pains such as Atypical Facial Pain,
Atypical Odontalgia, Trigeminal Neuralgia and Burning
Mouth Syndrome are covered (these reflect the oro-facial
pains I tend to see most of on clinics in hospitals).
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Last Updated 4th November 2010