What is Orofacial Pain

Posted on : 21-03-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Orofacial Pain is a complaint that around the world affects millions of people on a daily basis. It constitutes any symptom that occurs from a large number of disorders and diseases that result in a sensation of discomfort or pain felt in the region of the face, mouth, nose, ears, eyes, neck, and head.When a person experiences pain in any other part of the body, often that pain or discomfort can be ‘tolerated, endured, or ignored’ to some level until symptoms become bad enough that the person seeks treatment.

Patients suffering from an Orofacial Pain Disorder or Headache have undergone numerous dental procedures, have seen multiple Doctors and Specialists, have tried or are on many different prescription and non-prescription medications, and have had many medical tests, x-rays, CT scans, and MRI’s before being successfully diagnosed and treated.
Chronic Orofacial Pain presents very challenging diagnostic problems that are typically complicated by a variety of psychological and distressing factors, sleep disturbances, employment and family breakdowns, marriage and relationship difficulties, and complex medical conditions. Therefore, patients with Orofacial Pain often require multidisciplinary treatment approaches, whilst a correct diagnosis requires time.

Categories of Orofacial Pain


1. Idiopathic – of unknown origin
2. Musculoskeletal – arising from dysfunction of the muscles and / or bones and joints
3. Neuropathic – functional change in the peripheral or central nervous system
4. Vascular
5. Neurovascular – arising from nerves and the blood vessels they supply
6. Psychogenic – containing an emotional or psychological component
7. Other diseases that can cause facial pain


For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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