Evolution of Chronic Neuropathic Pain in the Trigeminal System – Causes and Outcomes
Neuropathic pain is one of three main pain types experienced by man. It is neither nociceptive pain (healthy pain protecting the body) or nociplastic pain (dysfunctional centralised pain related to Fibromyalgia). Neuropathic pain results from damage to the somatosensory nervous system (either peripheral or central or both).
It is characterised by pain that does not respond to anti-inflammatory’s (as it is NOT inflammatory nociceptive pain). There are several conditions that sit with NePain in the trigeminal system. There are many causes and the most common is related to nerve injuries which sadly are relatively common related to dentistry, being a high volume surgical specialty. This presentation provides an overview of how these conditions and specifically nerve injuries related to dentistry arise and can be prevented