Can Root Canal Problems Cause Headaches?
Even though you may not at first connect that throbbing headache with your teeth, it is quite common for dental problems to cause headaches. Bruxism, TMJ disorders, malocclusion and impacted wisdom teeth are all dental disorders that can cause a headache. In some cases, though, a headache might even signal a dental infection or an abscess.
Root canals are chambers inside each tooth that protect the nerve, blood vessels and soft tissues that are located inside each tooth. Usually these tissues, which are called the pulp of the tooth, are well protected by dentin and enamel. Deep decay, trauma or other problems can lead to the pulp becoming irritated, inflamed or infected. When these conditions occur, it can cause an abscess.
An abscessed tooth is one that has developed an infection at its root. This condition often causes a painful throbbing sensation in the tooth, but it can also cause referred pain in the form of a headache. This type of headache is characterized by throbbing, and may worsen when you are horizontal. In some cases you may not even have pain in the tooth, but only the referred pain in the head.
Endodontic treatment is usually necessary to manage an abscessed tooth. Endodontic treatment will remove the source of the pain by eliminating the infected material. Most patients experience an immediate reduction in pain, although it can take up to a few days for the inflammation to subside completely. If you have headaches or tooth pain, we can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in orthodontic surgery in Los Angeles.
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