Differential Diagnosis of Temporomandibular Disorders and Other Orofacial Pain Disorders

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There are many types of pain conditions that are felt in the orofacial structures. Most of the conditions treated by the dentist are associated with the teeth, periodontal structures, and associated mucosal tissues. This article focuses on the differential diagnosis of other common pain conditions the dentist will likely face, such as temporomandibular disorders, neuropathic pain disorders, and common headaches; and the clinical presentation of each. Controlling or reducing pain can be accomplished by controlling perpetuating factors such as parafunctional habits and by some simple behavioral modifications. Finally, this article offers some simple treatment considerations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-120
Number of pages16
JournalDental Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011


  • Migraine
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Temporomandibular disorders
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders
  • Tension type headache

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry (all)


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