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Tooth ache, headache. Shall i see a dentist?

For the past few months I have been having an extreme toothache , I haven t slept in 30 hours because it s just that bad. I also have a headache that I think is related to it because all of the pain is on the left side of my face. It hurts for me to open my eyes wide and I was wondering if it is neurological or do I just need to go to the dentist?
Asked On : Sat, 2 Mar 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
hi and welcome ,

Tooth ache arises from inflammation of the tooth nerve tissue by bacterial carious process or some kind of periodontal infection .

Dental pain has raditaing nature and it does radita eto the surrounding structures like head , neck , and ear region.

i would suggest you to visit a dentist and get an OPG radio graph done which will show the infection areas and the vital structures involved.

accordingly treatment can be planned , infection in the tooth is treated by root canal procedure followed by a course of antibiotics and analgesics will subside the symptoms.

meantime you can use analgesics like aceclofenac with serrtiopeptidase which
helps in relieving excruciating dental pain.

i hope this helps,

take care.
Answered: Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Welcome to the forum.
Dental pain can be confused with sinusitis, especially as dental pain (particularly where there is pulp space infection or an apical abscess) is often made worse by putting the head between the knees; dental pain and the sinusitis pain behave identically in this situation. Tension headache can imitate dental pain, too, but here there are trigger points on the neck, face or scalp – touching these exacerbates the pain. However, because of the way in which pain is referred from teeth, it can often cause reflex spasm in muscles at some distance from the actual site of the pain, so local tenderness in the muscles of the head or neck does not necessarily rule out a dental cause.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Answered: Mon, 4 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response

Since you had headache followed with toothache,the pain may be tooth associated.

Deep dental caries progressed into periapical region resulting in abscess formation,

Gum infection resulting in periodontitis,

Traumatic injury,
Inflammed impacted wisdom teeth area.

Any of the above mentioned factors can lead into toothache.

I would suggest you to visit a dentist soon and get the treatment based on the clinical diagnosis.
If problem sustained,you can visit a physician.

Take complete course of antibiotics-analgesics to relieve pain and infection.

Hope this helps.

Take care.

Answered: Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Khushboo Bhatia's  Response
Headaches can also be caused by temporomandibular joint disorder that is the result of the misalignment of the teeth and jaw line. Neuromuscular dentists can also help deal with this kind of condition with the use of the same machine to realign the jaw. If the jaw is properly aligned the teeth will follow suit as well.You can take pain relievers for your headaches. Hoever, make sure that these pain relievers are medically prescribed by the doctors.
Answered: Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
dear friend.

thanks for sharing your concern.

after reading your history i would suggest you to visit your dentist and get the concerned tooth treated.

it shows you have deep caries on left side of your jaw,probably in the upper arch.this is causing you an immense pain and discomfort.

it is also recommended to take an OPG xray to see how many teeth are actually affected in that arch.

as far as your headache is concerned,i think it will subside after your dental treatment.presently you are having referred pain because of toothache.

even, after completion of dental treatment,headache remains ,then you can definitely visit a neurologist,but meanwhile i would suggest you to wait .

for your pain you can take tab combiflam 500 mg every six hourly for three days,meanwhile please make an appointment with your dentist.

hope it helps .

Answered: Sun, 3 Mar 2013
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