- phantom tooth pain
- Also known as atypical odontalgia. The term phantom tooth pain is indebted to the Greek noun phantasma, which means ghost or spectre. It is used to denote a syndrome of persistent pain or * paraesthesia experienced in a tooth or other oral tissue, typically arising after a dental or surgical procedure within the oral cavity. Reportedly, it can also arise after a traumatic injury of the face and after a routine inferior alveolar nerve block. When phantom tooth pain occurs after tooth extraction, the pain is typically located in the edentate area. The incidence of phantom tooth pain following extraction is estimated to be as high as 3%. Conceptually, phantom tooth pain is analogous to other *phantom pain syndromes.ReferencesMarbach, J.J. (1993). Is phantom tooth pain a deafferentation (neuropathic) syndrome? Part I: Evidence derived from pathophysiology and treatment. Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology, 75, 95-105.
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