Topical Medications as Treatment of Neuropathic Orofacial Pain

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Understanding mechanisms of neuropathic orofacial pain, targets of treatment, and basic pharmacology and working with informed compounding pharmacists may result in significant benefit for patients. The clinical significance of topical medications is improvement of quality of life for patients by providing a unique medication delivery system for neuropathic orofacial pain and other dental and extraoral conditions. The use of this route of administration has decreased or minimized side effects compared with other methods and is especially useful in medically compromised and elderly patients. These innovations, supported and improved by ongoing research, will augment the armamentarium of the clinician treating orofacial pain disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-553
Number of pages13
JournalDental clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dentistry(all)


  • Neuropathic orofacial pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Orofacial pain
  • Topical medication

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