Persistent dentoalveolar pain disorder: A putative intraoral chronic overlapping pain condition

Alberto Herrero Babiloni, Donald R. Nixdorf, Estephan J. Moana-Filho

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Chronic overlapping pain conditions (COPCs) are conditions that share several clinical characteristics and symptomatology, are usually considered idiopathic in nature, and are frequently comorbid. Currently, there are no established inclusion criteria to determine which conditions should be included under this umbrella term despite different systems proposed. Persistent dentoalveolar pain disorder (PDAP), also referred to as atypical odontalgia and thought to be a component of persistent idiopathic facial pain, is a chronic pain condition that manifests as a persistent tooth pain or pain over a dentoalveolar site formerly occupied by a tooth in the absence of detectable pathology during clinical or radiological examination. PDAP is considered idiopathic in nature, and its pathophysiological mechanisms are not fully understood. Our objective was to investigate whether PDAP fits the conceptual paradigm of COPC given its characteristics and commonalities with other COPC, based on published literature identified through a scoping review. We found that PDAP fits 16 out of 18 common characteristics among COPCs, and based on this finding, we discuss the implications of PDAP being considered a COPC.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOral Diseases
StatePublished - Dec 17 2019


  • atypical odontalgia
  • central sensitization
  • functional somatic syndromes
  • persistent dentoalveolar pain disorder
  • phantom tooth pain

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  • Journal Article
  • Review

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