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What does it mean when toothache pain spreads throughout my face?

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In brief: EMERGENCY

Please call a dentist for treatment ASAP.
The pain may soon be unbearable.

In brief: EMERGENCY

Please call a dentist for treatment ASAP.
The pain may soon be unbearable.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dentistry - Endodontics

In brief: Referred pain

When a tooth's pulp is inflamed or infected, pain can travel , via the nerves that go to that tooth , centrally.
For example , main nerve of the lower jaw comes out of the brain and has branches to the eye, upper jaw, and lower jaw. So a lower molar toot cann cause pain to the upper jaw, ear, and sometimes the eye. It is how we are neurologically wired. There are many more examples.

In brief: Referred pain

When a tooth's pulp is inflamed or infected, pain can travel , via the nerves that go to that tooth , centrally.
For example , main nerve of the lower jaw comes out of the brain and has branches to the eye, upper jaw, and lower jaw. So a lower molar toot cann cause pain to the upper jaw, ear, and sometimes the eye. It is how we are neurologically wired. There are many more examples.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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Dr. Bruce Terry
Dentistry - Endodontics

In brief: Referred pain

Facial pain is often difficult to diagnose.
Sometimes pain in a particular tooth is referred from a problem in the sinus or the joint near the ear (tmj). Sometimes pain in the ear can be from a tooth. It's best to see a dentist for a proper diagnosis and then treatment. Spreading pain from a tooth may simply mean that there is an infection spreading or pain radiating. See a dentist.

In brief: Referred pain

Facial pain is often difficult to diagnose.
Sometimes pain in a particular tooth is referred from a problem in the sinus or the joint near the ear (tmj). Sometimes pain in the ear can be from a tooth. It's best to see a dentist for a proper diagnosis and then treatment. Spreading pain from a tooth may simply mean that there is an infection spreading or pain radiating. See a dentist.
Dr. Bruce Terry
Dr. Bruce Terry
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Dr. James Marx
Pain Management

In brief: Nerve Involvement

Usually indicates 5th cranial nerve involvement which is pretty serious to be caused by a toothache.
You need to see a dentist asap.

In brief: Nerve Involvement

Usually indicates 5th cranial nerve involvement which is pretty serious to be caused by a toothache.
You need to see a dentist asap.
Dr. James Marx
Dr. James Marx
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