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Article: Volume 42 Number 7 Page 622 - September 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 622-630

Oral surgery:  Pain Part 4: Odontogenic Pain

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Abstract: Pain is one of the major reasons that lead patients to seek dental care. For the majority of patients, the pain is of odontogenic origin, as a consequence of dental disease. The timely diagnosis and management of dental pain is an essential component of dental care, and this article reminds readers of the common presenting symptoms of simple dental pain, diagnoses and pragmatic management.

Clinical relevance: Pain of odontogenic origin is common, and distressing. However, the pathology is consistent, as are the symptoms, and an understanding of this underpins the careful history-taking that will lead the clinician to the diagnosis.

Author notes: Tom Thayer, BChD, FDS, MA MedEd, FHEA, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Oral Surgery, University of Liverpool Dental School, Pembroke Place, Liverpool L3 5PS, UK.

Objective: To outline the symptoms, diagnoses and management of simple dental pain.