Orofacial pain - defined as pain lasting over three months in the mouth or face - is increasing in prevelance, with approximately 7% of the UK population having experienced it. It is currently managed by either dentists or general medical practitioners, both of whom have radically different approaches to treatment. While management of orofacial pain has improved quite dramatically over recent years, it is essential that dentists and general practitioners are aware of these advances and of the differences in their approaches.
This concise handbook takes an evidence-based psychosocial approach to the management of patients with pain in the face or mouth and provides basic guidelines to facilitate care quickly in the clinical setting. The book will serve as a useful guide for dental practitioners, specialists in orofacial pain, trainee pain specialists, neurologists with an interest in pain, specialist pain nurses, as well as general medical practitioners.
Joanna M. Zakrzewska BDS, MB BChir, MD, FDSRCS, FFDRCSI, FFPM RCA, FHEA is a Consultant in Oral Medicine (facial pain) at Eastman Dental Hospital, UCLH NHS Foundation Trust and founder of the National Centre for Trigeminal Neuralgia. After obtaining dental (Kings College London) and medical (University of Cambridge) degrees and specialist training in oral medicine, she went on to specialize in orofacial pain, becoming the first non anaesthetist fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine. Her MD on trigeminal neuralgia led to further clinical research in this field. She spent ten years as an academic at Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she was awarded a personal chair in facial pain. In April 2007, Dr Zakrzewska moved to a NHS post at Eastman Dental Hospital, University College London Hospitals Foundation Trust, London, where she is Hon Professor and Consultant.