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Acupuncture for orofacial pain

Orofacial pain or facial pain described as an ache in the front part of the head (including the oral cavity) is a common presentation in primary care. Nearly a quarter of patients in a British primary care study (2504 adult patients) reported orofacial pain. Orofacial pain is most commonly caused by the disease of the teeth. Dental caries and periodontal diseases, musculoskeletal and neuropathological diseases are the most common cause of orofacial pain. Patients with orofacial pain had elevated anxiety values and correlation between elevated anxiety and intensity of pain. The management of the pain is challenging. Medication and complementary methods were applied.

Acupuncture releases orofacial pain effectively. This is recognised by dentists. UCLA School of Dentistry is offering a unique, evidence-based program to train dentists in the basics of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory. By combining TCM principles with Western allopathic Medicine modalities, participants will feel comfortable diagnosing and understanding the pathophysiology of both acute and chronic oral pain conditions from an integrative East-West perspective. Moreover, graduates will learn basic acupuncture treatments that can be safely delivered to patients.

A study evaluated 557 patients with orofacial pain based for their pain management and found that the most common form of therapy is Michigan stabilization splint: for disc displacement of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) in 38.9% of patients and in combination with physiotherapy in 18.7% of patients; for osteoarthritis of TMJ in 28.4% and in combination with physiotherapy in 26.4% of patients. The treatment with anticonvulsant drugs for trigeminal neuralgia predominates in 54.3% of patients, which is combined with acupuncture in 25.7% of patients and only acupuncture in 17.1% of patients.

Acupuncture can help with dental pain

Acute dental pain is the main reason for seeking dental services. Have you tried acupuncture for reduce your dental pain? There is a study aimed to evaluate the use of acupuncture in reducing the intensity of acute dental pain in pre-dental care in patients waiting for emergency dental care, and was conducted at the After-Hours Emergency Dental Clinic of Piracicaba Dental School, and at the Emergency Center Dental Specialties I in Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil. 120 patients participated the study. The Visual Analog Scale (VAS) was used to measure pain intensity. All patients underwent one session of acupuncture. Reduction in pain was observed in all120 patients. The results of this study indicate that acupuncture analgesia could be a technical adjunct to pain control in patients with acute dental pain, contributing to the restoration of health with social benefit. It is worth trying acupuncture for your dental pain.

Acupuncture helps to recover from dental surgery

Surgical removal of the impacted or semi-impacted third molars is a routine procedure performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. The edema and limitation of mouth opening can be triggered by the inflammatory process initiated by surgical trauma. Usually its presence contributes to the increase of pain because there is an increase of tissue tension. Acupuncture therapy helps the maintenance of immune function and restores homeostasis, promotes muscle relaxation, therefore it is selected as an adjunctive treatment for this surgery in a research. The aim is that acupuncture treatment can minimize the symptoms of these occurrences. The result has shown that acupuncture was effective in reducing postoperative residual edema and intraoperative bleeding.


References

https://www.bmj.com/content/361/bmj.k1517

https://www.dentistry.ucla.edu/learning/acupuncture-integrative-oral-medicine

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