When a Toothache is Not a Toothache

When a Toothache is Not a Toothache

 

Most of us in Incline Village have experienced a toothache. At their mildest, toothaches may cause just enough discomfort to get on your nerves and disrupt your concentration, but at their worst, they can be debilitating. Because the pain feels like it’s coming from your tooth, it’s natural to assume that all toothaches are caused by cavities, gum disease or some other tooth-related problem. However, Dr. Milligan would like you to know that not all toothaches are related to your teeth.

Wait, what? Toothaches that have nothing to do with teeth? Yes– as anyone at Incline Dental Care will tell you –it is possible and it does happen. That being said, most toothaches are tooth-related.

How can a toothache not come from your tooth?

Your mouth is a complex organ that contains a number of different types of tissue, nerves, and microorganisms. While run of the mill dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease are responsible for the majority of toothaches, there are many other conditions that can cause localized pain in one of more teeth –and some of them have nothing to do with your teeth. Here are a few examples:

  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ or TMD)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Maxillary sinusitis
  • Shingles
  • Oral herpes

What’s the most important thing to remember? If you experience moderate to severe pain in your mouth, it’s time to visit Dr. Milligan. Lots of pain, doesn’t necessarily mean you need emergency dental care, but it’s not worth the risk. We at Incline Dental Care have seen it all and we know how to care for your smile. Dr. Milligan will examine your mouth and help determine the source of the problem, whether or not it’s actually your teeth!

If you are suffering from a toothache and have questions or would like to make an appointment, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Dr. Milligan was born and raised in Reno, NV, and graduated from Sparks High School in 1996. He went on to graduate from the University of Nevada Reno in 2003 “with distinction” with a bachelor’s of science in biology, and from the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine cum lade in 2009 with his DMD. Following graduation, Dr. Milligan worked as a dentist in Carbondale, IL for 3 years and in Las Vegas, NV for 1.5 years before purchasing Incline Dental Care from Dr. Duncan in December 2013.

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