Dental Cause of Ear ache

Many Ear ache patients are having dental problems.The following are a few:

TM Joint Pain

You may have a problem with the joint of your jaw bone, where the jaw meets the skull. This is known as temperomandibular joint pain, and it may be caused by arthritis or teeth grinding.

A dental abscess

A dental abscess is a collection of pus that can form in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. It can cause earache, although the main symptom of a dental abscess is pain in your affected tooth, which can be intense and throbbing. Your dentist will need to remove the abscess and drain the pus.

Ear ache after dental extraction

Pain that seems to originate in your ear after having a tooth extracted is not unusual. Your earache pain may be coming from your extraction, from an ear infection or from an infection at the site of extraction. So see the dentist and an ENT surgeon.

Wisdom Tooth

Earache can be caused by a wisdom tooth or molar (back tooth) that has not fully broken through the skin. Have a look inside your mouth if you think this is the cause of your earache – some of the tooth will still be below the gum line. Your dentist can advise you on whether it needs to be removed.

Why Called Wisdom Tooth?

Are they really smarter than the rest of your teeth? Your wisdom teeth, or third molars, inherited their name because they are the last teeth in your mouth to develop and erupt.

Third molars usually erupt in the late teen years, which coincides with passage into adulthood and is referred to by some as the age of wisdom; hence “wisdom teeth”,

hence the name wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth – once extremely useful – now serve little purpose.

There are three types of wisdom teeth:

  • Erupted: The wisdom teeth are fully erupted, aligned properly with your molars and

do not indicate any need for removal.

  • Partially Erupted: The wisdom teeth are positioned so that only a portion of the teeth is visible.
  • Unerupted (Impacted): The wisdom teeth are trapped in the jawbone and unable to erupt.

Wisdom teeth, if present, don’t always erupt into the mouth, and when they don’t they are referred to as impacted. Wisdom teeth actually begin forming before age 10, and if they erupt it is usually between 17-21 years old.

Because of their positioning, erupted and partially erupted wisdom teeth are difficult to clean properly. Food debris that is left behind turns into plaque, which can eventually lead to tooth decay, gum disease and infection to your wisdom teeth, as well as their neighboring molars. In addition to these risks, impacted wisdom teeth can sometimes form a cyst that is capable of damaging the roots of the adjacent healthy teeth, the jawbone and nerves.