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Could dental work cause trigeminal neuralgia?

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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not usually

Newer leading research indicates that it is an enlarged blood vessel - possibly the superior cerebellar artery - compressing or throbbing against the microvasculature of the trigeminal nerve near its connection with the pons.
Such a compression can injure the nerve's protective myelin sheath and cause erratic and hyperactive functioning of the nerve.

In brief: Not usually

Newer leading research indicates that it is an enlarged blood vessel - possibly the superior cerebellar artery - compressing or throbbing against the microvasculature of the trigeminal nerve near its connection with the pons.
Such a compression can injure the nerve's protective myelin sheath and cause erratic and hyperactive functioning of the nerve.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management
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In brief: Not vascular

Vascular theory is anything but new.
It was introduced by janetta pj in 1967 . It doesn't explain triggering, amplification and stop mechanism. I had trigeminal neuralgia, and it wasn't vascular and in fact vascular neuralgia is extremely rare in anyone under 50. So given jayharo5's age and inciting trigger, vascular is not a likely etiology.

In brief: Not vascular

Vascular theory is anything but new.
It was introduced by janetta pj in 1967 . It doesn't explain triggering, amplification and stop mechanism. I had trigeminal neuralgia, and it wasn't vascular and in fact vascular neuralgia is extremely rare in anyone under 50. So given jayharo5's age and inciting trigger, vascular is not a likely etiology.
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
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Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes!

Especially in someone over the age of 50.
If you are having sudden unprovoked severe stabbing pain, see a physician for treatment.

In brief: Yes!

Especially in someone over the age of 50.
If you are having sudden unprovoked severe stabbing pain, see a physician for treatment.
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
Dr. Andrew Germanovich
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In brief: NO

Obviously, within the mouth, there are branches of the trigeminal nerve, besides other cranial nerves, but dental procedures have never caused true trigeminal neuralgia, which is a problem within the brainstem and/or lower intracranial cavity, not the mouth.

In brief: NO

Obviously, within the mouth, there are branches of the trigeminal nerve, besides other cranial nerves, but dental procedures have never caused true trigeminal neuralgia, which is a problem within the brainstem and/or lower intracranial cavity, not the mouth.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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