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Orofacial Pain and Temporomandibular Disorders


Phantom and Persistent Tooth Pain

What is it?

Phantom tooth pain (Atypical Odontalgia) is a pain in a tooth or where a tooth once was even after treatment for the diseased tooth.


Signs or Symptoms

People can experience all sorts of symptoms from a tooth that a dentist has told them is perfectly fine.

Teeth affected may have

  • Increased sensitivity to thermal stimuli

  • Increased biting pain

  • Constant or intermittent dull ache.


The cause can be from a problem to the nerve supplying the tooth (neuropathic pain) or referred pain from a surrounding structure (referred odontalgia). Muscles for example can often cause persistent tooth ache in the absence of any dental disease.

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