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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 127-134

Orofacial pain: A critical appraisal in management

1 Department of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology, Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Sukanta Sen
Department of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology, Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine, Kolkata - 700 073, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-1505.165821

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Orofacial pain (OFP), a highly debilitating and prevalent pain condition, is a major concern of national public health. OFP can arise from different regions and etiologies. This intractable pain condition, arising from oral structures innervated by trigeminal nerves, represent a challenge to the clinician as the pain has multiple sources of origin and range of etiologies, thus making the diagnosis very challenging. Odontalgia, temporomandibular disorders (TMD), trigeminal neuropathy and migraines are some common disorders for which patients seek treatment. Owing to its diverse classification and etiologies, proper identification of the condition and subsequent treatment approaches has become a necessity. A multidisciplinary treatment approach comprising patient education, pharmacological, non-pharmacological means and psychosocial interventions can be considered essential for this enfeebling condition.

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