I am a
Home I AM A Search Login

Papers of the Week

2020 Jul 20

Swiss Dent J


[Integrative treatment concept for chronic orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders].


Brenz M, Lukic N, Zumbrunn A, Ettlin D
Swiss Dent J. 2020 Jul 20(7-8):593-598.
PMID: 32674531.


The interdisciplinary Orofacial Pain Unit at the Center of Dental Medicine of the University of Zurich celebrates its 15th anniversary. This article outlines the evidence-based integrative treatment concept with a focus on psychosocial aspects of pain. We exemplify how the evaluation and treatment by a pain psychologist complements the dental therapy. For example, self-management techniques can assist in reducing apprehension, worries and fears, which are often associated with an increased tone of the masticatory muscles. Manifestations include clenching and grinding of teeth, orofacial pain, and other less specific symptoms such as tinnitus. The clinical relevance is illustrated by selected case studies from routine clinical practice.