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All Oral and Maxillofacial Pain Articles

Approximately 10 million Americans suffer from TMD. Acupuncture may useful treatment options for this painful disorder.
The new criteria for the diagnosis of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMDs) comprise an improved screening tool to help researchers and health professionals more readily differentiate the most common forms of TMD and reach accurate diagnoses that are grounded in supportive scientific evidence, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), a part of the Nati
Since we originally wrote about this topic in 2011,1 there have been some advancements in the literature on temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, or temporomandibular disorders (TMDs).
Read this article on tooth pain and loss in the chronic pain population: Recently, an increasing number of chronic pain patients and their treating practitioners are recognizing the loss of teeth as a source of aggravation, suffering, and even increased pain.
It has been estimated that 25% of the general population has TMD—a group of pathologies that affect the masticatory muscles (myogenous) and/or the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) (arthrogenous). Disability related to this disorder also has been found to have a major influence on socioeconomic factors and is associated with decreased employment.
An estimated 75% of Americans will experience symptoms of temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder (TMJMD) in their lifetime. Article discusses how early treatment is essential for dealing with this potentially chronic pain disorder.
Article discusses superior pharyngeal constrictor muscle pain. This retrospective observational study of patients with unresolved wrist pain noted improvements in many quality of life parameters after Hackett-Hemwall dextrose prolotherapy.
The hyoid bone has been identified with a specific, although not well recognized, pain syndrome for over 40 years.2 The painful symptoms are generally caused by trauma at the greater cornu of the hyoid bone with the pain radiating to other sites.3
This article discusses the diagnosis and treatment of temporal tendonitis—a very common disorder that is often mistaken for a migraine.
A retrospective study of two groups of patients yields some insight into the relationship of TMD and headaches.
Splenius capitis muscle syndrome—a commonly occurring headache, neck ache, and facial pain disorder—typically mimics the respective pain patterns of temporal tendonitis and migraine headaches.
Characterized as a painful complex of symptoms related to the insertion of the stylomandibular ligament (SML) at the mandible, onset of Ernest syndrome. Learn more about this chronic pain disorder.
Forward head posture in TMD/facial pain patients—with its attendant craniocervical, neurophysiologic, and arthrokinematic interactions—may be either a causative or aggravating factor in TMD that must be treated. Read about TMD/facial pain and forward head posture.
This article discusses a retrospective study, which examined charts of 445 TMD patients to identify and categorize sites of referred pain.
Neuralgias are syndromes characterized by intermittent attacks of sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a nerve. The neuralgias involving the face are often misdiagnosed and seen initially by the dentist or otolaryngologist. Learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of facial neuralgias.