Not all pain in mouth and jaw are caused by teeth. Where this is not detected, teeth may be unnecessarily treated or removed, which does not eliminate the pain but sometimes even reinforce it.
The diagnosis of chronic unexplained tooth ache and jaw pain is often difficult. For example, hidden dental problems must be identified and excluded, such as small cracks or fractures. Where a patient had root canal treatment, teeth must also be examined for infected sites in the canal that have previously not been cleaned. After thorough examination and exclusion of causes of dental pain, the examination focuses on non-dental reasons for the pain. From the combination of the two approaches a diagnosis is established and appropriate treatment recommended.
Frequently, previous root canal treatment is at the bottom of chronic non-dental pain. Optimal endodontic treatment results are particularly important in these cases to avoid any additional dental problems.