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How do I manage persistent idiopathic facial pain?


This Urgent Care Scenario (USC) is presented by the JCDA Oasis Team in collaboration with Dr. Gary Klasser. The USC is also available on Oasis Help


Constant, unremitting pain (often perceived within deep tissues) presenting extraorally and/or intraorally with variable and fluctuating intensity. Also known as continuous neuropathic orofacial pain (formerly known as atypical odontalgia, atypical facial pain or phantom tooth pain).








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