Neuropathic Orofacial Pain

Dent Clin North Am. 2018 Oct;62(4):565-584. doi: 10.1016/j.cden.2018.05.005. Epub 2018 Jul 31.


Neuropathic pain of the orofacial region can cause much distress in individuals presenting with this condition. It may be easily mistaken for dental pain, and hence many individuals may undergo unnecessary dental work. Knowledge of the types of neuropathic orofacial pain may assist in timely diagnosis and improvement of a patient's quality of life.

Keywords: Facial pain; Herpes zoster; Neuralgia; Neuritis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Facial Nerve
  • Facial Pain / etiology*
  • Facial Pain / therapy
  • Glossopharyngeal Nerve Diseases / complications
  • Herpes Zoster / complications
  • Humans
  • Laryngeal Nerves
  • Neuralgia / complications*
  • Neuralgia / therapy
  • Neuralgia, Postherpetic / complications
  • Neuritis / complications
  • Nociception
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia / complications