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2022 Apr

Dent Clin North Am



Thinking Outside the Tooth: Diagnosis and Management of Patients with Neuropathic Orofacial Pain.


Ando A, Han PP, Patel S
Dent Clin North Am. 2022 Apr; 66(2):229-244.
PMID: 35365275.


Nonodontogenic orofacial pain exists, and diagnosis and management of those conditions can be challenging. This article highlights and discusses how to take a complete and systematic pain history and the important red flags to recognize in patients presenting with perplexing nonodontogenic orofacial pain. Cause and epidemiology, clinical presentation, clinical evaluation and diagnosis, and management options for common neuropathic pain conditions are included. Neuralgia and neuropathic pain conditions and red flags as secondary cause of orofacial pain are more common in older-aged patients.