Am I Experiencing Phantom Tooth Pain?

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Phantom tooth pain, a condition where patients who recently had a tooth extracted start experiencing pain where the tooth used to be, can be a side effect of oral surgery. Unlike the pain from dry sockets or an infection, however, there is no physical cause for phantom tooth pain. Today, we want to talk about some of the signs of phantom tooth pain and the ways we treat it at Edgewater Dental Arts.
woman holding her lower jaw with phantom tooth pain

What Is Phantom Tooth Pain?

If you are have recently had oral surgery and are experiencing pain in the tooth that was removed, this is phantom tooth pain. Phantom tooth pain occurs when there is a miscommunication between the nerve endings in your gums near your extracted tooth and the area in your brain that interprets pain signals. Even though there is no physical cause for pain, you still feel a dull ache! This can happen in other parts of the body, too, as amputees often experience phantom pain in their amputated limbs.

How Do We Treat Phantom Tooth Pain?

If you believe you are experiencing phantom tooth pain, call our office immediately. Our first step will be to ensure that there is no physical cause for your pain, like an infection, dry socket, or other complication. Then, we will observe the pain to see whether it changes or spreads in any way. Often, we treat the issue through medication, like antidepressants, although in some cases the phantom pain goes away after time.

After any oral surgery, be sure you carefully follow your recovery instructions. Get plenty of rest, keep your extraction site clean according to our instructions, and eat soft foods to protect your mouth as it heals. To ask our team any questions about phantom tooth pain or to schedule your next visit to our office, contact us today!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.