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Diagnosis and Evaluation of Patients Needing Third Molar (Wisdom Tooth) Extraction and Patients With Chronic Facial Pain

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00001600
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 4, 1999
Last Update Posted : March 4, 2008
Information provided by:
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)

Brief Summary:

This study provides a mechanism for evaluating patients for possible participation in NIDCR clinical research studies. NIDCR studies involve three major areas-pain, neurosensory mechanisms, and pain-relieving drugs-all of which have specific requirements and patient characteristics. No treatment is offered under this protocol; it is intended to facilitate patient recruitment into NIDCR studies.

Patients with unusual or unknown conditions that have or have not been diagnosed may be eligible for this screening study. Specific medical criteria for enrollment vary with the particular protocol for which the individual is being screened. Medical and dental histories will be obtained and participants will have a dental examination. Diagnostic procedures will be done in accord with standard medical and dental practice and may include X-rays, blood tests, and routine urinalysis, as appropriate. Participants found eligible for an active study may enroll in that study. Those who are not eligible for a current study may be re-evaluated for future studies within a year if they wish. After 1 year, participants for whom no appropriate studies are identified will be referred back to their primary doctor or referring physician or dentist.

Condition or disease
Facial Pain Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Detailed Description:

This protocol is designed to screen individuals with either third molars ("wisdom teeth") in need of removal, or with chronic orofacial pain as potential research subjects.

Each individual will be thoroughly evaluated during the screening process, including past medical history and an appropriate physical examination. Other routine diagnostic procedures and tests may also be completed in order to help determine a subject's eligibility. These tests and procedures are of minimal risks and will be described in more detail in section III: "Study Procedures".

Once the screening process is completed and eligibility determined, the subjects will be informed of their options to participate in one or more of the current NIDCR research studies. If no appropriate protocol is identified, recommendations for other treatment options may be given to the individual, their primary doctor, or referring physician/dentist.

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Study Type : Observational
Enrollment : 4000 participants
Official Title: Diagnosis and Evaluation of Patients in Need of Third Molar Removal or Suffering From Chronic Facial Pain
Study Start Date : August 1997
Study Completion Date : August 2005

Information from the National Library of Medicine

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


Varies with the particular protocol for which a patient is being screened.

Subjects with unusual or unknown conditions that require the establishment of a diagnosis, or those with an established diagnosis may be selected.

Subjects source for this study will be from referrals by medical and dental practitioners in the private sector, clinics, hospitals, dental-medical institutions, Commissioned Officers Dental Clinic, and the Occupational Medical Services at the National Institutes of Health.

Information from the National Library of Medicine

To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00001600

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United States, Maryland
National Institute of Dental And Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00001600     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 970163
First Posted: November 4, 1999    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: March 4, 2008
Last Verified: August 2005

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Screening Protocol
Temporomandibular Disorders
Oral Surgery
Chronic Orofacial Pain

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Joint Diseases
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome
Disease Attributes
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Craniomandibular Disorders
Mandibular Diseases
Jaw Diseases
Muscular Diseases
Stomatognathic Diseases
Facial Pain
Pathologic Processes
Myofascial Pain Syndromes
Neurologic Manifestations
Signs and Symptoms