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Article: Volume 42 Number 9 Page 856 - November 2015

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  Dent Update 2015; 42: 856-865

Oral surgery:  Pain Part 5b: Non-Odontogenic Dysfunctional Pain

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Abstract: Orofacial chronic pain provides a significant challenge to all clinicians and the patients seeking treatment for it. Due to the anatomical and regional complexities, diagnosis can be extremely difficult, and due to the lack of cross specialty training, patients will undergo a variety of treatment under different disciplines. Dysfunctional pain provides a unique challenge for patient management and requires a multidisciplinary team.

Clinical relevance: Lack of recognition of dysfunctional chronic pain can result in inappropriate dental treatment and further damage.to the patient. Appropriate patient reassurance and referral to an orofacial pain multidisciplinary team is recommended as most of these conditions require medical management.

Author notes: Tara Renton, BDS, MDSc, PhD, FDS RCS, FRACDS(OMS) FHEA, Professor in Oral Surgery and Obi Egbuniwe, BDS, MSc, PhD, Post Doc Dept Oral Surgery, King’s College London Dental Institute, Denmark Hill Campus, Bessemer Road, London SE5 9RS, UK.

Objective: To discuss non-odontogenic dysfunctional pain.