Clinical assessment of patients with orofacial pain and temporomandibular disorders.
Dent Clin North Am. 2013 Jul;57(3):393-404
Authors: Stern I, Greenberg MS
Accurate diagnosis of chronic pain disorders of the mouth, jaws, and face is frequently complex. It is common for patients with chronic orofacial pain to consult multiple clinicians and receive ineffective treatment before a correct diagnosis is reached. This problem is a significant public health concern. Clinicians can minimize error by starting the diagnostic procedure with a careful, accurate history and thorough head and neck examination followed by a thoughtfully constructed differential diagnosis. The possibility that the patient has symptoms of a life-threatening underlying disease rather than a more common dental, sinus, or temporomandibular disorder must always be considered.
PMID: 23809299 [PubMed – in process]