Clinical assessment of patients with orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders

Ilanit Stern, Martin S. Greenberg

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Accurate diagnosis of chronic pain disorders of the mouth, jaws, and face is frequently complex. It is common for patients with chronic orofacial pain to consult multiple clinicians and receive ineffective treatment before a correct diagnosis is reached. This problem is a significant public health concern. Clinicians can minimize error by starting the diagnostic procedure with a careful, accurate history and thorough head and neck examination followed by a thoughtfully constructed differential diagnosis. The possibility that the patient has symptoms of a life-threatening underlying disease rather than a more common dental, sinus, or temporomandibular disorder must always be considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-404
Number of pages12
JournalDental clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Diagnostic tests
  • McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ)
  • Numerical Rating Scale (NRS)
  • Orofacial pain
  • Pain assessment
  • Temporomandibular disorder
  • Verbal Rating Scale (VRS)
  • Visual Analog Scale (VAS)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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