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You expect a decayed tooth, a fracture or a gum infection to be the cause for that toothache causing you grief. Sometimes, though, the answer may be “none of the above”—there's nothing wrong going on in your mouth to cause the pain.
You pain is real—but its source is elsewhere in the body, a situation known as referred pain. It's important to find out the pain's true source to determine what kind of treatment you'll need to alleviate it.
Here are some of the likely candidates for a “toothache” that's not a toothache.
Facial nerves. Tooth pain may be associated with trigeminal neuralgia, a misfiring disorder of the trigeminal nerves that course through either side of the face. The nerve is divided into three branches, two of which are located in the upper face and one in the lower jaw. Because they're interconnected, a problem with one of the branches in other parts of the face could be felt in the branch around the jaw.
Jaw joints. Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) can cause pain in the pair of joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. The joints can become inflamed due to stress or trauma and the associated muscles begin spasming, causing severe pain. Because of their proximity to the teeth, the pain from the joints can radiate into the dental area and mimic a toothache.
Ear or sinus infections. Both the ears and the maxillary sinus are subject to infections that can cause severe pain and pressure. With the close proximity of both the ears and the sinus to the upper jaw, it's quite possible for pain originating in these structures to be felt within the mouth.
These are only a few of the possibilities that also include migraines, shingles, fibromyalgia and even vitamin deficiencies. As such, your dentist or physician may need to do a little detective work to locate the true cause. But the effort to locate where your mouth pain is actually coming from will help ensure you get the right treatment to give you lasting relief.
If you would like more information on referred tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Referred Pain: When a Toothache Is Not Really a Toothache.”
A root canal is a restorative dental procedure for saving a damaged tooth. Some of the signs you may need a root canal include constant pain or pressure in the mouth and a severe toothache. A dentist can determine if a root canal is needed. At Advanced Dental Care, Dr. Arkady Naiman is your Foxborough dentist for performing root canals.
What is Root Canal Therapy?
Root canal therapy refers to the procedure for performing a root canal and is a method for saving a damaged tooth so it does not need to be extracted. When a tooth is damaged, due to infection or injury, it can become too weak and sensitive to perform normal biting and chewing functions without experiencing pain or discomfort. Dr. Naiman can determine if a damaged tooth can be saved with root canal therapy. Some of the signs and symptoms you may need root canal therapy include:
- A severe or persistent toothache
- Constant mouth pain and pressure
- Sharp pain when biting into food
- Sensitivity to cold or hot foods and beverages
Inside the center of a tooth and its root is a soft material called pulp. When pulp becomes infected, the infection can spread down through the tooth root and cause an abscess to form below the tooth. Once an abscess forms, the infection can more easily spread to other areas of the mouth. During root canal therapy, infected pulp is removed, the area is cleaned, then the tooth is filled and sealed. The tooth is then protected with a dental crown.
Benefits of Root Canal Therapy
There are several benefits to undergoing root canal therapy. A primary benefit is that the natural tooth is saved and extraction is avoided. In addition to preserving the natural tooth, it is also restored and made stronger so normal biting and chewing functions can resume without pain or discomfort. Another benefit of root canal therapy is that it stops infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth. Finally, root canal therapy resolves tooth pain and sensitivity.
You may need a root canal if you are experiencing a toothache, mouth pain, sensitivity, or sharp pain when eating. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Naiman, call Advanced Dental Care in Plainville, MA and serving Plainville, Foxborough, and North Attleborough at (508) 869-4070.