Non-Odontogenic Sources of Tooth Pain: Demystifying the Mystery of “Phantom Tooth Pain”:

One in six dental patients experience orofacial pain. Most often, this pain presents as a toothache. However, not all toothaches are caused by an odontogenic source. Unfortunately, these types of pain sources can be perplexing for both the patient and the dentist. Hence, patients often see several specialists and undergo irreversible treatments before obtaining an accurate diagnosis. This course will provide a comprehensive review of non-odontogenic sources of tooth pain. Attendees will learn how to differentiate between odontogenic and non-odontogenic toothaches, the appropriate examination methods, diagnostic tests, and management of non-odontogenic toothaches.

Learning Objectives:
- Describe the nonodontogenic sources of tooth pain.
- Differentiate between odontogenic and non-odontogenic toothaches.
- Implement diagnostic techniques in the evaluation of nonodontogenic toothache.
- Describe management strategies for each type of nonodontogenic tooth pain.

Seena Patel

Seena Patel, DMD

Dr. Seena Patel is an orofacial pain and oral medicine dentist in Phoenix, AZ. She also practices within the field of dental sleep medicine. Dr. Patel completed her residency in Orofacial Pain and Oral Medicine from the University of Southern California and obtained her DMD and MPH degrees from the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health at A.T. Still University. She now serves as an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of Oral Medicine there. Dr. Patel is also an associate at Southwest Orofacial Group in Phoenix, AZ. She is a Diplomate of both the American Board of Orofacial Pain and American Board of Oral Medicine. In addition, Dr. Patel has authored several publications and has also spent a significant amount of her post-graduate training in providing dental care for patients with complex medical conditions. Her other professional activities include speaking at many local and national conferences and conducting research studies. Dr. Patel maintains her membership in the American Academy of Orofacial Pain, American Academy of Oral Medicine, Central Arizona Dental Society, Arizona Dental Association, American Dental Association, American Dental Education Association, and Special Care in Dentistry Association.

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