At the Craniofacial Pain Center, we are devoted to the diagnosis and management of Temporomandibular Disorders TMJ and chronic head, neck and facial pain. One of the largest centers of its kind in the United States, we incorporate true multidisciplinary approaches to the treatment of complex pain problems. The Center interacts closely with other pain specialists in the New England region as well as with referring dentists and physicians to provide the broadest and most up to date techniques of pain management. With a diverse group of pain physicians, dentists, and psychologists, the Center provides a range of services. Our national and international network provides the center with strong ties to other university and hospital based centers. Our national and international network provides the center with strong ties to other university and hospital based centers — allowing for follow up referrals for out-of-town patients. The Craniofacial Pain Center is a multidisciplinary pain management program.
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Craniofacial Pain (TMD/TMJ) |
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Mechanisms of craniofacial pain.
Twenty years ago, health professions were not aware that certain oral bacteria, if permitted entrance into the gingival blood vessels, could cause some strokes and heart attacks. Researchers have postulated that a significant portion of the brain is devoted to the reception, processing, and interpretation of trigeminal autonomic, sensory, and motor information. The general term TMD will not be used as a diagnostic category in this article simply because is not a diagnosis.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a facial pain syndrome that usually develops in individuals over 50 years old. Other neuropathic syndromes affect the trigeminal nerve and warrant different treatments with varied rates of success. Rarely, neuralgias of other cranial nerves mimic trigeminal neuralgia. Finally, it is essential to distinguish atypical facial pains from these neuropathic syndromes to avoid unsuccessful therapies. Causes are uncertain, but there is considerable evidence that vascular compression of a nerve root is the cause.