Dental Compounding – Topical Therapy for Pain
There is an ever-increasing number of options to help patients with oral and perioral pain problems such as neuropathies, neuromas and neuralgias. Medication vehicles and bases have been developed that can penetrate the mucosa and cutaneous tissues and transport the active medication to the treatment site. Dentists have been using topical agents with increasing frequency as part of the therapeutic protocol for painful orofacial neuropathy.
Topical intraoral medications used in the treatment of oral ulcerations and infections include antifungal, nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and corticosteroids. Because of their rapid onset and low side-effect profile, topical medications offer a distinct advantage over systemic administration for orofacial disorders. Medicated lollipops, lozenges, powders, and mucoadhesive pastes can increase contact time with the mucosa.