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Orofacial Pain

Orofacial pain includes pain conditions that are associated with the hard and soft tissues of the head, neck, and the intraoral structures. The diagnosis may include:

  • Headaches
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Neurogenic pain
  • Psychogenic pain
  • And pain from major diseases such as cancer and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Most of these conditions will be managed by a neurologist or other medical healthcare providers.

One class of orofacial pain that our clinic manages is toothache of nondental origin called Atypical Odontalgia.

Description

Atypical Odontalgia (AO) is a condition in which a tooth is very painful but nothing can be found wrong with it. Symptoms are very similar to those caused by a toothache but the real cause is unrelated to the tooth and no obvious cause of tooth pain can be found.