Disorders We Treat

OROFACIAL PAIN


What is orofacial pain?

The specialty of Orofacial Pain is concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of orofacial pain disorders. Such disorders may have pain and associated symptoms arising from a discrete cause, such as postoperative pain or pain associated with a malignancy, or may be syndromes in which pain constitutes the primary problem, such as TMJ disorder pain, neuropathic pains or headaches.

The diagnosis of painful syndromes relies on the interpretation of historical data; review of laboratory studies, imaging, behavioral, social, and occupational assessment; interview and examination by the orofacial pain specialist. The orofacial pain specialist serves as a consultant to other dentists and physicians but is often the principal treating health care provider and may provide care at various levels, such as direct treatment, prescribing medication, prescribing rehabilitative services, performing pain relieving procedures, counseling of patients and families, direction of a multidisciplinary team, coordination of care with other healthcare providers and consultative services to public and private agencies pursuant to optimal healthcare delivery to the patient suffering from a painful disorder.

Orofacial pain is evolving; the scope of the field is enlarging. At the present time the orofacial pain encompasses:

  1. Temporomandibular Joint disorders
  2. Masticatory musculoskeletal pain
  3. Cervical musculoskeletal pain
  4. Neurovascular pain
  5. Neuropathic pain
  6. Sleep disorders related to orofacial pain
  7. Orofacial Dystonias
  8. Headaches
  9. Intraoral, intracranial, extracranial, and systemic disorders that cause orofacial pain 

DISORDERS WE TREAT


OROFACIAL PAIN

The specialty of Orofacial Pain is concerned with the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation.
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HEADACHES

There are four types of headache: vascular, muscle contraction (tension), traction, and inflammatory.
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FACIAL NERVE PAIN

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that causes extreme, sporadic, sudden burning or shock-like face pain.
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TMJD

TMJ is a group of conditions that cause pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control jaw movement.
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ORAL APPLIANCE THERAPY

Sleep apnea is the most common sleep disorder, affecting nearly 1 out of every 8 individuals.
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NECK PAIN

Neck muscles can be strained from poor posture — whether it’s leaning over your computer or hunching over your workbench.
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The mission of the Minnesota Head & Neck Pain Clinic is to provide high-quality, effective patient care for head and neck disorders through a multispecialty, interdisciplinary approach designed to reduce pain and improve function for all our patients.

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