Orofacial pain is pain perceived in the face and/or oral cavity. It is caused by diseases or disorders of regional structures, by dysfunction of the nervous system, or through referral from distant sources. Treatment of orofacial pain is a specialty in dentistry in many parts of the world and an emerging area of specialization in others. (International Association for the Study of Pain Fact Sheets on Orofacial Pain, Gary M Heir, Chairman, http://www.iasp-pain.org/Advocacy/Content.aspx?ItemNumber=1078)
Simply explained, while the majority of pain perceived around the head, face and neck may be from teeth or structures supporting the teeth, there are a large number of patients with facial pain of non-dental causes that become chronic over time if not treated.
Pain due to dysfunction of sensory nerves such as neuralgia, neuritis or neuropathies, temporomandibular disorders or pain from the jaw or jaw muscles, or a variety of headache disorders may masquerade as toothache or be the source of chronic orofacial pain.
Diagnosis is the key before treatment begins.
Bayonne, New Jersey 07002
Also seeing patients at:
Rutgers Dental Associates
Doctors Office Center
90 Bergen Street
Newark, New Jersey 07101
Orofacial Pain Disorders - Temporomandibular Dysfunction
General Dental Care—especially for
facial pain patients
Diplomate, American Board of Orofacial Pain
Diplomate, American Academy or Orofacial Pain
Fellow, of the American College of Dentists
Fellow, Academy of General Dentistry
Gary M. Heir, DMD