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Orofacial Pain

Chronic oral, facial and/or cranial pain is a common problem, and appropriate diagnosis and management are a challenge for most health care professionals. Most often, individuals first seek the care of dentists because of the pain’s localization in the mouth and surrounding structures.

Orofacial pain (OFP) disorders comprise a wide range of conditions that include musculoskeletal, inflammatory, infectious, neurovascular, neoplastic, psychiatric, metabolic, endocrine, autoimmune and neuropathic etiologies. In fact, evidence has shown that a systematic approach is required and simply applying the catch-all label “TMJ” to otherwise unidentified craniofacial pains will likely produce a misdiagnosis.

As part of the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute’s Pain Program, the Oral and Facial Pain Center specializes in the treatment of a variety of disorders, including:

  • Head pain
  • Facial pain
  • TMJ disorders
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (TGN)
  • Burning mouth syndrome
  • Unresponsive tooth-site pain
  • Orofacial movement disorder