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What does trigeminal neuralgia feel like?

Trigeminal neuralgia causes a form of facial pain that is sudden, sharp, shooting and electric-shock-like. It’s always on just one side of the face. Most often, the pain starts in the third or second division of the trigeminal nerve, and very often it starts in a way that it seems like it’s related to dental problems.

We’ve often seen people who’ve had multiple root canals and even tooth extractions because the pain was suspected to be a dental problem. Of course, it’s critically important to rule out a dental problem as the underlying cause of trigeminal neuralgia.

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