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A medical history and physical exam will usually indicate the appropriate diagnosis. Sometimes X-rays called Panorex views (panoramic X-rays of the teeth and jaw) are taken. Occasionally lab evaluation including ECG tracings of the heart will assist the doctor. If the cause is something other than a dental or jaw problem, the doctor may prescribe medications directed at the problem. If the condition is more severe, the doctor may admit the patient to the hospital for further care. The patient may be referred to a dentist for further treatment.
Sara B. Trepanier, MD
Ann S. Chinnis, MD
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