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Volume 13 , Issue 3
Summer 1999

Pages 201-207


Toothache of Cardiac Origin

Kreiner/Okeson


PMID: 10823033

Pain referred to the orofacial structures can sometimes be a diagnostic challenge for the clinician. In some instances, a patient may complain of tooth pain that is completely unrelated to any dental source. This poses a diagnostic and therapeutic problem for the dentist. Cardiac pain most commonly radiates to the left arm, shoulder, neck, and face. In rare instances, angina pectoris may present as dental pain. When this occurs, an improper diagnosis frequently leads to unnecessary dental treatment or, more significantly, a delay of proper treatment. This delay may result in the patient experiencing an acute myocardial infarction. It is the dentist’s responsibility to establish a proper diagnosis so that the treatment will be directed toward the soruce of pain and not to the site of pain. This article reviews the literature concerning referred pain or cardiac origin and rpesents a case report of toothache of cardiac origin.


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