A 34-year-old male asked:
got filling yesterday and tooth pain radiating to head and shoulder. why?
5 doctor answers
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Radiating pain: The constant strain on the neck muscles and stress during the dental treatment results in the headache felt at the back of the neck radiating up the skull and shoulder. Application of moist heat and OTC NSAID can help to ease discomfort. If concerned, see your dentist for post-op evaluation.
Answered on Mar 31, 2016
Dr. Brian Hoffman answered
13 years experience Dentistry
TMJ Inflammation?: Many times patients have their mouths open for longer, and wider, during a dental visit than any other time in their life. As such, the jaw joint (or TMJ) is opened far and the cartilage, nerves and vessels are stretched during this maximal open position. This is not fun for the patient, and there are accommodations that can be incorporated into the procedure to reduce this stress.
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Dr. Louis Gallia answered
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Referred pain: Pain can be referred from tooth to head and shoulder. Alternatively, you can have pain from having your jaw muscles stretched. OTC meds, moist heat, massage. If symptoms persist, see dentist. If TMJ problem, see TMJ expert. Other TMJ symptoms include jaw clicking, limited or painful oral opening, chewing pain.
Answered on Jul 19, 2015
Dr. Theodore Davantzis answered
39 years experience Dentistry
Referred Pain: Nerve pathways often run side by side, so pain being felt on one nerve can also be sensed by an adjacent nerve. Your restoration may have been deep, so let your dentist know how you're feeling.
Answered on Apr 14, 2016
Dr. Arnold Malerman answered
52 years experience Orthodontics
Root canal: May have an Endodontics (root canal) problem. If cavity was deep, nerve of tooth may be traumatized or infected. Return to your Dentist for supportive treatment, to make sure the filling isn't "high," and to see if referral to an Endodontist is in order.
Answered on Apr 17, 2016
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