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Maria Bryan, DDS Root Canal Therapy Endodontics Kingsport TN and Greeneville Tennessee
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Differential Diagnosis of Oral Facial Pain

Differential DiagnosisA consultation visit may be advised to determine whether or not root canal treatment is indicated. Several tests along with radiographic interpretation will be used to determine the diagnosis, or the condition. Just as all stomachaches do not require an appendectomy, nor do all toothaches require the same treatment.

Endodontists are trained to differentiate between pain of endodontic origin and non-endodontic pain. Not all oral pain implies that root canal therapy is needed. Even though pain may mimic that of a "toothache", other possible causes of pain may be periodontal abscess, temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, cracked tooth syndrome, sinus infection, bruxism (grinding), atypical facial neuralgia, blocked salivary gland, cervical (neck) problems, etc.

In such cases, endodontic treatment is NOT necessary, since it will NOT resolve the problem. A referral to the proper medical treating physician will be made.

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