Can Wisdom Teeth Cause Ear Pain?

Nov 15, 2023 | Blog

Wisdom teeth are known for the sheer amount of pain they cause, especially when they’re about to erupt. You might find yourself clutching your jaw from the deep pain or sometimes feel pressure in your ears. But why exactly does that happen? Can wisdom teeth cause ear pain? To learn how your ears and throat are connected to the molars, make sure to continue reading this blog.

Can Wisdom Teeth Cause Ear Pain?

Yes, wisdom teeth can cause ear pain, mainly because of an infection taking root within. The relationship between your wisdom teeth and ear pain is often linked to the proximity of your molars and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). That is to say, your molars are deeply connected to the jaw, which effectively connects them to the ears.

Moreover, when wisdom teeth start to erupt, the circumstances surrounding them might cause them to be impacted. This tends to exert pressure on the surrounding tissues, including the jaw joint, as the pressure slowly radiates to the ears. Due to this, an inflamed or infected wisdom tooth can sometimes contribute to ear pain. However, if you’re experiencing persistent ear pain and suspect it may be related to your wisdom teeth, it is better to consult with your dentist. Schedule an appointment for a thorough evaluation for further diagnosis and treatment.

Signs You Have an Impacted Wisdom Tooth

When a wisdom tooth turns sideways or grows at an odd angle, getting stuck halfway above the gumline, it leads to impaction. This ultimately causes the tooth to gather bacteria, which might slowly result in an infection. The best way to prevent wisdom tooth infection is by catching the symptoms early on and getting the tooth extracted if needed. Take a look below to see all the different signs indicating you might be dealing with an impacted wisdom tooth.

  • Swollen and tender gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Pain around the affected tooth
  • Inflamed gums
  • A white pocket of pus surrounding the wisdom tooth
  • A sharp corner of the tooth is poking out

Signs You Have an Infected Wisdom Tooth

Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected. Your oral health is in serious danger if the infection spreads or pus starts leaking from the gums. Here are some signs that your wisdom tooth is severely infected. In such cases, it is crucial to contact your dentist immediately to have the pus drained and, if necessary, the tooth extracted.

  • Swollen lymph nodes, especially around the jaw
  • Sore throat
  • Pressure in the ears
  • Difficulty opening the mouth or eating
  • High fever
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Pus oozing out of the gums

Final Takeaway

To sum it up, wisdom teeth can cause ear pain, but that ultimately depends on the condition of the tooth. Whether it is impacted or infected, getting it evaluated by a dental professional can prevent the bacteria from spreading. The sooner the tooth is extracted, the faster the ear pain will go away, and your lymph nodes will settle back into position. Nevertheless, if you would still like to know more, feel free to schedule an appointment with one of our well-reputed dentists at Champions Dental. All you have to do is pick up your phone and dial (281) 866-0442, and we will help with the rest.

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 

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