Orofacial Pain

Orofacial pain is a general term covering any pain which is felt in the mouth, jaws and the face. Orofacial pain is a common symptom, and there are many causes. It is estimated that over 95% of cases of orofacial pain result from dental causes (i.e. toothache caused by pulpitis or a dental abscess). After dental pain, the second most common cause of orofacial pain is temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD, pain-dysfunction syndrome). All other causes of orofacial pain are rare in comparison, although the full differential diagnosis is extensive. 

Orofacial pain includes:

  • Masticatory and Cervical musculoskeletal pain
  • Internal Derangements
  • Neurovascular pain (Migraine, Cluster Headaches, etc.)
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Sleep disorders related to orofacial pain
  • Orofacial Dystonia
  • Burning Mouth Syndrome

                                                                            American Academy of Orofacial Pain