The Many Flavors of Pain in the Mouth and Face
The Art and Science of Dentistry
California Dental Association
San Francisco, CA
September 8-10, 2016
Date of Presentation
Many conditions cause pain in the dentist’s territory including dental, joint, muscular, nerve, headache, sinus and psychological conditions. The overlap in locations and symptoms can trick or frustrate the patient and dentist. While a comprehensive knowledge of them is impractical for you, recognizing those groups when they present will avoid much trouble. We will describe the distinguishing features of each category. Examples from our clinic will be used to help you apply your knowledge.
1. Recognize an orofacial pain as dental, joint, muscular, neurological, headache or psychological in nature.
2. Avoid inappropriate and often exacerbating treatment based on misdiagnosis.
3. Initiate appropriate and timely treatment or referral.
Young, A. L.
The Many Flavors of Pain in the Mouth and Face.
Paper presented at The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA.