Hi, I have TN1, currently in remission. I have it in my teeth/jaw on the right side. Recently I developed twinges of pain in my upper left teeth that I thought might be a cracked tooth. I went to the dentist and he spotted some small areas of decay on root canals, under crowns on that side, but he felt they were “arrested”, i.e. not actively decaying, so he wasn’t unduly concerned by them. He also thought perhaps a wisdom tooth might be pushing on the teeth in that area.
However, since my visit I am no longer getting the biting pain and instead I am getting a steady burning sensation on that side of my face which moves about and then late at night centres on my ear and the hinge of my jaw. This isn’t the first time I 've had this. I got it a few years ago for which I had a root canal of a suspect tooth but it didn’t help. In time the pain simply went away. I never found it what was going on, if anything.
Just to make things even more complex, I have dental phobia so anxiety around my teeth can make me get psychosomatic pain. This doesn’t feel like that though simply because it’s always there. I’m sure I’ve read of a neuralgia that produces burning pain in the jaw and ear on this forum. Am I imagining this?
If anyone has something similar to this or knows what it might be I’d be really grateful for any information. I’m due to go to the dentist in a day’s time and he’s going to pull the crown off to check underneath. Needless to say, I am not keen on this! So if anyone has any ideas I’d love to hear them. Many thanks!
P.S. If there is a related type of neuralgia that sounds like this I’d love a name so that I can check it out. Ta!