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Experiencing radiating pain in jawline, behind ears and headache with twinching senstation in front tooth

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Hi Doctor,

I am experiencing radiating pain in jawline, behind the ears and headache for couple of days now. The pain is not very intense however its annoying.
I sometimes also get twinching senstation in front tooth aswell.
The pain is not there when I get up in the morning, however it starts after I consume food.
Posted Sun, 30 Jun 2013 in Dental Health
 
 
Answered by Dr. Ramesh B. Hegde 41 minutes later
Dear XXXXXXX
Thank you for the query. Radiating pain from tooth/teeth are most commonly due to decay extending till the central soft tissue region [pulp] of the tooth. If you consult the dentist he will take an Intra-oral x-ray of the tooth/teeth in question, assess the extent of the decay. If the decay is extended till pulp and the remaining tooth structure is good he may suggest for root canal treatment followed by crown. If the tooth structure is weak then he is likely to advice for removal of the tooth followed by replacement with artificial tooth. It is better to visit the dentist at the earliest as tooth can be saved in early stages. Till you visit the dentist you can take Paracetamol tablets on SOS basis [this cannot be the treatment, only for symptomatic relief; taking painkillers indiscriminately may be injurious to health]
Hope this answers your query. If yes, kindly accept the answer, if you have anything to be discussed further I am available with pleasure.
With happy regards
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Follow-up: Experiencing radiating pain in jawline, behind ears and headache with twinching senstation in front tooth 18 hours later
Thanks for the answer Doctor.

However, as stated by you, that there could be Dental decay, whereas I am unble to see any visible decay on cavity in my teeth/tooth.

More so the pain is in my cheek/jawline, back of neck and sides of head and its coming and going.

Applying pressure to the affected regions/my neck gives a bit of relief which is temporary.

Last night I took Crocin, and it was of less help.

Please advice
 
 
Answered by Dr. Ramesh B. Hegde 1 hour later
Dear XXXXXXX
Thank you for the query. The most probable cause of such radiating pain is tooth decay. The decay need not be in the visible region of the tooth. Many a times the decay starts from the side part of the tooth which is facing the neighbouring tooth, such decay are noted easily with the x-ray. If there is infection only Paracetamol will not suffice, it needs a course of antibiotic followed by the necessary treatment. However to prescribe the antibiotic clinical examination needs to be done. It is better to visit the dentist at the earliest for the needful. If there is no decay related consequences, it will be helpful for you to consult the medical doctor.
Hope this clears your query, if you have anything to be clarified further you are well-come.
Wishing you speedy relief.
With happy regards,
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