The specialty of Orofacial Pain Dentistry is concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of orofacial pain disorders. Sometimes the cause maybe related to dental pain or maybe caused by an underlying systemic disease or pain syndromes.
Diagnosis of painful syndromes involves history taking, imaging, laboratory studies, and nerve diagnostic blocks may be needed to make the diagnosis.
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 Dystonias
- Burning Mouth Syndrome