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2023 Jan

Dent Clin North Am



Masticatory Myofascial Pain Disorders.


Hernández-Nuño de la Rosa MF, Guerrero P, Alturki SA, Scrivani SJ
Dent Clin North Am. 2023 Jan; 67(1):1-11.
PMID: 36404071.


Masticatory myofascial pain disorders (MMPD) are a common group of orofacial pain conditions affecting the muscles of mastication, with headache and cervical disorders as well as chronic widespread pain and psychosocial disorders being common comorbid conditions. As their pathophysiology is multifactorial in nature, a multimodal and interdisciplinary approach should be considered. Overall treatment goals include decreasing pain and disability, increasing mandibular range of motion, and improving quality of life. This article describes a complex case exhibiting common characteristics of MMPD while additionally reviewing the literature on classification, pathophysiology, and evidence-based treatment planning.