Oral shingles, also known as herpes zoster orticus, is a rare complication of shingles that affects the ear and face. It can cause severe tooth pain, as well as other symptoms such as facial weakness, hearing loss, and tinnitus. If you suspect you have oral shingles, it is important to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible, as prompt treatment can help to prevent complications.
The typical symptoms of oral shingles can mimic tooth pain. You may have facial tenderness, with a tingling or burning sensation in your mouth. It can also refer pain to in the ear, head, neck, and face. Sometimes a condition called postherpetic neuralgia can remain, which can be a burning sensation that can be persistent. A case report is presented here.
Tooth pain can have many different causes, and it is important to determine the underlying cause in order to treat it properly. In some cases, tooth pain may be caused by a problem with the pulp (the innermost part of the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels) such as an infection or inflammation. In these cases, an endodontist (a specialist in treating diseases of the dental pulp) may be necessary to diagnose and treat the problem. If you are experiencing tooth pain, it is best to see a dentist or endodontist for an evaluation.