Orofacial pain affected one in six patients visiting a dentist in the past year, according to new research published in The Journal of the American Dental Association. The most common types of pain found were dentoalveolar and musculoligamentous.
The research aimed to measure prevalence of pain in the orofacial regions and determine its association with demographics, treatment history and oral health conditions in dental patients visiting clinics in the Northwest Practice-based Research Collaborative in Evidence-based Dentistry Research Network (PRECEDENT).
Lead author, Dr Orapin Horst, said: “This study suggests the important role of dentists in the diagnosis and management of pain. Pain in the orofacial tissues was frequently found in the dental patients, for which pain from teeth and surrounding tissues was reported as frequently as pain from muscles and temporomandibular joints.
“Ability to differentiate the odontogenic pain from the non-odontogenic pain could be the most critical part of daily practice. Further, patient characteristics, treatment history and other findings in the oral cavity were significantly associated with the alteration of the pain prevalence and could be used to facilitate the differential diagnosis.”
The complete study can be viewed online at jada.ada.org.