Orofacial pain includes pain conditions that are associated with the hard and soft tissues of the head, neck, and the intraoral structures. The diagnosis may include:
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Neurogenic pain
- Psychogenic pain
- And pain from major diseases such as cancer and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
Most of these conditions will be managed by a neurologist or other medical healthcare providers.
One class of orofacial pain that our clinic manages is toothache of nondental origin called Atypical Odontalgia.
Atypical Odontalgia (AO) is a condition in which a tooth is very painful but nothing can be found wrong with it. Symptoms are very similar to those caused by a toothache but the real cause is unrelated to the tooth and no obvious cause of tooth pain can be found.