The cause (or causes) of orofacial pain can be difficult to identify because many of the symptoms of different conditions overlap. Diagnosis requires a thorough and multidisciplinary approach.
As with any diagnostic process, a provider will take a full medical history and description of symptoms, perform a physical exam, and order any necessary tests or scans. Based on their findings, and their knowledge of the full spectrum of orofacial pain syndromes, an expert provider can develop an understanding of the unique problem of each individual patient.
Sometimes the cause of neuropathic pain cannot be precisely identified. In this case, a process of applying varying treatments usually offers the best way to bring relief. It’s important for patients to choose providers who offer a wide variety of treatment options.