Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain

The Section of Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain is comprised of two clinical dental disciplines. The Oral Medicine specialty centers on the diagnosis and non-surgical management of medically related disorders and Oral Diseases affecting the oral and maxillofacial region.Oral Medicine is the discipline of Dentistry concerned with the oral health care of medically complex patients - including the diagnosis and management of medical conditions that affect the Oral and Maxillofacial region.

The Specialty of Orofacial Pain focuses on the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of chronic orofacial pain disorders.Orofacial pain has been defined as "pain localized to the region above the neck, in front of the ears and below the orbitomeatal line, as well as pain within the oral cavity i.e., pain of Dental origin and Temporomandibular Disorders". However, some orofacial pain conditions may involve areas outside this region, i.e., temporal pain in TMD. Toothache, or Odontalgia, is any pain perceived in the teeth or their supporting structures . Toothache is therefore a type of Orofacial pain. Craniofacial pain is an overlapping topic which includes pain perceived in the head, face, and related structures, sometimes including neck pain.