The mechanisms of craniofacial pain

A recent journal looked at the mechanisms of craniofacial pain. The researchers worked to highlight peripheral and central adaptations that might promote chronification of pain in craniofacial pain states, including migraines and temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Pain is a common symptom that is associated with disorders of the craniofacial tissues, such as the teeth and their supporting structure, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles of the head.

Most acute craniofacial pain conditions are easily recognized and well managed. However, others, especially those that are chronic such as migraines and TMD, present clinical challenges for dentists and physicians. While the mechanisms of chronic craniofacial pain in patients remains limited, both clinical and preclinical investigations suggest changes in afferent inputs to the brain occur in chronic pain. This results in amplification of nociception, which promotes and sustains chronic craniofacial pain states.

Through an increased understanding of the physiological and pathological processing of nociception in the trigeminal system, we can learn about new perspectives for the mechanistic understanding of acute craniofacial pain conditions. This also helps with the peripheral and central adaptations that are related to chronic pain. We can offer improvements in treatment for chronic and acute craniofacial pain conditions.

What are your thoughts on this? Does this information help improve treatment options for your patients?

Join Dr. Patel and Nierman Practice Management in Las Vegas

Ready to complete more continuing education courses? Come and join us November 11-12th in Las Vegas for the Dental Sleep, TMJ, and Craniofacial Pain Symposium! In this symposium, we bring together the brightest minds in sleep and pain related specialties. Why? To bring their knowledge into education so that everyone can understand the roles different specialties play in not only sleep apnea, but TMD and Craniofacial Pain–even Tourette’s treatment. We join forces with experienced sleep and TMD dentists to gain the skills you need to build strong referral relationships in addition to growing your practice.

What We Will Learn

I know Las Vegas is a place to go for fun and warmth, but you will also be getting some of the best education possible. After each session, feel free to have your fun, but make sure you’re paying attention to this symposium–it’ll go a long way for your dental practice. This symposium is geared towards dental practices that are currently involved in sleep apnea treatment, or TMJ and craniofacial pain treatment, and are interested in growing their specialties. By working closely with the medical community, you can accomplish this and we can help.

The sessions will also include a detailed cross-coding breakout for more in-depth information on how to maximize your patient’s medical benefits for sleep apnea, TMD, implants/oral surgery, and other procedures. You should attend this sleep, TMD and Craniofacial Pain symposium to:

  • Increase your knowledge in sleep medicine, TMD and Pain.
  • Build strong referral relationships.
  • Bill medical insurance and increase case acceptance.

For more information you can visit my Lectures page or Nierman Practice Management. We look forward to seeing you all in Las Vegas November 11-12th for continuing education!