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This can be due to the nerve ending in the area sending signals of pain to the patient’s brain, though no physical cause for the pain exists within the mouth.
There may be an existing issue with the way the patient’s brain interprets pain signals, or this issue may be isolated to the nerves in the tooth area.
A dentist or endodontist may take some time to diagnose a patient with phantom tooth pain, as there are no external signs of the pain.
Diagnosis is typically done through observation over time and process of elimination to ensure there is no physical cause for the pain.
Since it is caused by an error in the processing of pain between the nerves and the brain, phantom tooth pain does not typically get better or stop without some form of treatment by a professional.