Can tooth pain be imagined?

Many dental patients complain of oral symptoms after dental treatment, such as chronic pain or occlusal discomfort, for which the cause remains undetermined. These symptoms are often thought to be mental or emotional in origin, and patients are considered to have an “oral psychosomatic disorder”.

Can you get phantom tooth pain?

Phantom tooth pain, also known as atypical facial pain or atypical odontalgia, is chronic and constant pain in your teeth or in an area where teeth have been pulled or extracted. You may have heard of a similar phenomenon when people with amputated limbs still feel pain where the limb used to be.

What can mimic a toothache?

Jaw joints.

Because of their proximity to the teeth, the pain from the joints can radiate into the dental area and mimic a toothache.

Does phantom tooth pain ever go away?

Typically, this pain will not go away on its own due to the cause of it. We don’t advise our patients to use a topical treatment since it’s not as effective for phantom tooth pain.

How common is phantom tooth pain?

While phantom tooth pain is not common, it is also not unheard of. It is caused by a damaged or dysfunctioning nerve which continues to signal the brain that there is pain in a tooth, despite the fact that is no longer there.

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What are ghost teeth?

Teeth in a region or quadrant of maxilla or mandible are affected to the extent that they exhibit short roots, wide open apical foramen and large pulp chamber, the thinness and poor mineralisation qualities of th enamel and dentine layers have given rise to a faint radiolucent image, hence the term “Ghost teeth”.

Can anxiety cause dental pain?

Mouth Disorders

High anxiety can also lead to dry mouth, a condition that deprives your teeth of saliva’s oral health benefits like its ability to wash away harmful food particles stuck in your teeth and gums. Burning Mouth Syndrome is another condition that can be triggered by stress, resulting in gum and tooth pain.