Facial pain anyone?

Dr Massoomi Facial pain

 

According to the latest JADA edition, (JADA 146(10) October 2015), Dr. Horst and colleagues presented some really interesting data on facial pain.

Honestly, there is not a single day in my practice that I do not see a patient with a chief complaint of oral or facial pain (= Orofacial pain).   According to this study, orofacial pain affects close to a 1/4 of the US population, at a cost of $32 billion per year!  Well, here are some interesting findings:

  • One in 6 patients experience orofacial pain
  • In this study about 16% complained of orofacial pain ( about 9% due to teeth reasons, 6.6% due to muscles and ligament in the facial region, and the rest were non-specific)
  • Orofacial pain typically decreased with age, with the lowest reported in patients 65 and older
  • Pain due to teeth were also shown to decrease with age, with the lowest reported in patients 65 and older 
  • HOWEVER – Pain the in muscles and ligaments were reported 3 times more in women!
  • Patients that had teeth and were found to have wear facets on their teeth (wearing down of the teeth to a point that the cusp tips are flattened) were more likely to have pain in their muscles and ligaments of the face.