The Facial Pain Association (FPA) has recently announced the launch of a quarterly newsletter specifically designed for dentists. The aim of this initiative is to provide dental professionals with accurate and up-to-date information on orofacial pain conditions, with a particular focus on trigeminal neuralgia (TN).
Many patients experiencing orofacial pain, including TN, initially seek help from their dentist. However, it is crucial for dental professionals to recognize that TN is not a dental condition but a neurological one. By understanding and identifying TN, dentists can prevent unnecessary dental procedures that may not address the root cause of the patient’s pain.
Classic trigeminal neuralgia pain is characterized by severe attacks that occur repeatedly, typically in the distribution of the trigeminal nerve. Simple activities like eating, brushing, and even feeling a breeze can trigger these debilitating episodes. Shockingly, a recent survey revealed that 67% of TN patients underwent at least one dental procedure in an attempt to alleviate their pain, with 51% enduring more than two unnecessary procedures.
As the world’s largest and oldest facial pain organization, the FPA has been a trusted resource for over three decades. They provide accurate and relevant information from leading experts in the field, making them the go-to source for patients, their families, and healthcare professionals seeking comprehensive information on facial pain conditions.
In collaboration with dental professionals, the FPA’s mission is to increase awareness of TN and promote behavior change within the dental community. The ultimate goal is to eliminate unnecessary dental procedures related to orofacial pain entirely.
By signing up for the FPA’s quarterly newsletter, dental teams can access a wealth of valuable content, including articles and webinars, designed to help them recognize and understand orofacial pain. Staying informed through this resource will enable dental professionals to better serve their patients and ensure they receive the appropriate care for their specific conditions.
To stay up to date on the latest developments in orofacial pain and trigeminal neuralgia, dental professionals are encouraged to subscribe to the FPA’s newsletter today. For more information, visit facepain.org, the comprehensive online hub for all things related to facial pain.