Diagnostic and treatment challenges in occlusal dysesthesia

J Calif Dent Assoc. 2007 Mar;35(3):198-207.


The aim of this chapter is to provide the dentist with an overview of potential diagnostic and treatment challenges posed by patients who present with occlusal dysesthesia or "Phantom Bite." Occlusal dysesthesia is seen as a form of somatoform disorder where dental treatments must be avoided and instead the focus should be on addressing the somatoform disorder through behavior change.

MeSH terms

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Malocclusion / psychology*
  • Somatoform Disorders / psychology*
  • Somatoform Disorders / therapy