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Chapter-10 Facial Pain and Neurological Diseases

BOOK TITLE: Fundamentals of Oral Medicine and Radiology

Author
1. DN Bailoor
2. LK Chatra
3. Thiruneervannan
ISBN
9788180615146
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/10318_10
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2005
Pages
9
Author Affiliations
1. Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore
2. Yenepoya Dental College and Hospital, Mangalore
3. Farooqia Dental College, Mysore
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Abstract

Pain could be defined as a reaction to any obnoxious stimulus, which may herald some kind of underlying pathology. Algology has been defined as the science and study of pain phenomena. An algologist is a student, investigator, or practitioner of algology. A competent dentist needs to be a good algologist too. The critical aspect to remember is that dentist is the specialist of the oral cavity and should rule out all the causes of intra oral causes of pain before venturing to call a pain of atypical facial pain, MPDS, Migraine or Neuralgic etc. A team approach using the help of a physician, a neurologist and even sometimes a clinical psychologist will help in a complete treatment. Pain is definitely one of the commonest symptoms that drive the person to seek dental care. Pain is also the most written about my poets, writers and scientific researchers and yet remains poorly elucidated.

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