Oral pre-trigeminal neuralgia pain: Clinical differential diagnosis and descriptive study results

Edward Wright, James G Evans

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Aims: To better quantify oral pre-trigeminal neuralgia (PTN) symptoms, attempt to identify PTN symptoms that could reliably differentiate between PTN and odontogenic tooth pain, and determine whether an anesthetic test would reliably differentiate these disorders. Methodology: This was accomplished through a survey of symptom recall for 49 trigeminal neuralgia patients who had PTN tooth and/or gum pain. Results: The variability of oral PTN symptoms, factors that worsened or improved them, and how dental anesthesia affected them, explain the reason for variations found in the literature. A throbbing pain quality is not in the literature, but present for 63% of respondents. Conclusions: No specific PTN symptom would reliably differentiate PTN from odontogenic tooth pain. The results also suggest that an anesthetic test would not be totally reliable for differentiating these disorders. A protocol is provided that should help practitioners identify the tooth pain source when there is no dental pathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-198
Number of pages6
JournalCranio - Journal of Craniomandibular Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Pretrigeminal neuralgia
  • Survey
  • Tooth pain
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Dentistry(all)


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