When a Toothache is Not a Toothache

Most of us in Rochester have experienced a toothache. At their mildest, toothaches may cause just enough discomfort to get on your nerves and disrupt your concentration, but at their worst, they can be debilitating. Because the pain feels like it’s coming from your tooth, it’s natural to assume that all toothaches are caused by cavities, gum disease, or some other tooth-related problem. However, Dr. Nozik and Dr. Tumminelli would like you to know that not all toothaches are related to your teeth.

Wait, what? Toothaches that have nothing to do with teeth? Yes– as anyone at White Spruce Dental will tell you –it is possible and it does happen. That being said, most toothaches are tooth-related.

How can a toothache not come from your tooth?

Your mouth is a complex organ that contains a number of different types of tissue, nerves, and microorganisms. While run of the mill dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease are responsible for the majority of toothaches, there are many other conditions that can cause localized pain in one or more teeth –and some of them have nothing to do with your teeth. Here are a few examples:

  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ or TMD) [LINK]
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Maxillary sinusitis
  • Shingles
  • Oral herpes

What’s the most important thing to remember? If you experience moderate to severe pain in your mouth, it’s time to visit Dr. Nozik and Dr. Tumminelli. Lots of pain doesn’t necessarily mean you need emergency dental care, but it’s not worth the risk. We at White Spruce Dental have seen it all and we know how to care for your smile. Dr. Nozik and Dr. Tumminelli will examine your mouth and help determine the source of the problem, whether or not it’s actually your teeth!

If you are suffering from a toothache and have questions or would like to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Posted in Dental Health, Patient Care

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