Oro-Facial Pain

American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP)

Brain & Spine Foundation


Facial Neuralgia Resources

Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK

Brain and Spine Foundation Online

Medscape Today News

Oro-Facial Pain.Org.Uk

Useful Articles:

Headache & Facial Pain

A Brain & Spine Disorders Booklet - Face Pain

Austral Dent J 1998.  Pain Description & Severity of Chronic Oro-Facial 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

J Canadian Dent Assoc 2005.  Why do some patients complain of a toothache
long after a successful endodontic procedure?

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

The Lancet (Neurology) 2006.  Facial Pain - Clinical Differential Diagnosis

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

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

British Association of Oral Surgeons 2008.  “Diagnostic Dilemmas in Facial Pain

NICE Guidelines - Neuropathic Pain (March 2010)

Pain 2011.  Review.  Orofacial Pain

Dental Update 2011.  Differential Diagnosis for Orofacial Pain, Including Sinusitis,
TMD, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Cochrane Collaboration 2011.  Psychosocial Interventions for the Management of
Chronic Oro-Facial Pain (Review)

British Dental Journal 2011.  Patients’ satisfaction after a comprehensive
assessment for complex chronic facial pain at a specialised unit - Results from a
prospective audit

J Can Dent Assoc 2012.  Neuropathic Orofacial Pain Patients in Need of Dental

Patient.co.uk 2012.  Facial Pain

Dent Update 2013.  Oral Medicine 9. Oro-Facial Pain

World Appl Sci J 2014.  Orofacial Pain - An Update for General Dental Practioners
Oro-Facial Pain represents an important clinical pain issue

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 13th July 2016
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