Orofacial pain: A primer

Scott S. De Rossi

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Orofacial pain refers to pain associated with the soft and hard tissues of the head, face, and neck. It is a common experience in the population that has profound sociologic effects and impact on quality of life. New scientific evidence is constantly providing insight into the cause and pathophysiology of orofacial pain including temporomandibular disorders, cranial neuralgias, persistent idiopathic facial pains, headache, and dental pain. An evidence-based approach to the management of orofacial pain is imperative for the general clinician. This article reviews the basics of pain epidemiology and neurophysiology and sets the stage for in-depth discussions of various painful conditions of the head and neck.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-392
Number of pages10
JournalDental clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Myofascial pain
  • Orofacial pain
  • Temporomandibular disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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