When a person experiences tooth pain, in most cases, this may result from a cracked tooth, tooth decay, an impacted wisdom tooth, or tooth infection. However, in some cases, the cause of the pain may not be related to the teeth. Referred tooth pain is pain felt in the teeth but originates from another body part.
Such pain is usually referred from other sources such as muscles and nerves. Here are some non-dental causes.
1. Sinusitis may cause toothache since the upper teeth rest near the sinuses. When the sinuses get inflamed, these upper teeth may experience pain.
2. Trigeminal neuralgia is a painful nerve condition involving the trigeminal nerve, a pair of sensory nerves connecting the brain to each side of the face. They also feed muscles in the jaw to enable chewing. If they get inflamed, they may lead to excruciating tooth pain.
3. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) is a disorder involving the joints hinging the lower jaw. Pain in the temporomandibular joints may be experienced elsewhere, including the teeth.
4. An ear infection may cause tooth pain. This is because the nerves feeding the jaws and the ears are interconnected. At times, it may be the ear that is affected, but a person experiences such pain in the teeth.