Is Your Ear Pain a Direct Result of Problems With Your Teeth?

Is Your Ear Pain a Direct Result of Problems With Your Teeth?

Pain shouldn’t be a regular part of your life.

If you are in severe, constant pain, you can’t make the most of each day. You’ve tried every over-the-counter medication and visiting specialists, but the pain is still there.

Finding the source can be very difficult, especially if the pain is in your head and neck. Backaches and neck pain are among the most common reasons patients seek out a doctor, so you are not alone in your suffering.

If you have pain in and around your mouth and the side of your head, it can be difficult to determine what is causing it. You can’t see pain in an x-ray, and if the pain is radiating to different parts of your head it can be hard to pinpoint where exactly it’s coming from.

Is the pain in my ears related to my teeth?

The area around your ear is extremely complex. It consists of the temporomandibular joint, blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and the most complex nerve system in the body: the trigeminal nerve. Not only is this area complicated and intricate, but it is also the most used joint and muscle system in your body.

Because of this complexity, it’s especially important that the system of chewing, eating, swallowing, clenching, and talking is balanced. If anything is off-balance, you can experience severe muscle pain caused by trigger points or muscle spasms.

Can missing teeth cause head and ear pain?

If you’ve ever had a tooth extracted, it probably took some getting used to, but you learned to live with it. Getting a molar removed is a little bit different than getting any of your other teeth removed, however.

In addition to having to get used to having one less tooth in your mouth, there are other symptoms that you have to deal with. After having your molar removed, you won’t have proper and even biting support, and your jaw joint will become compressed. Since your jaw joint is close to your ear and the nerves are interconnected, you may experience ear pain, ringing in your ears, a feeling of “fullness” in your ears, and other symptoms. “Replacing” the molars on both sides will help to balance your bite and reduce some of your symptoms.

What are alternative options to treat my ear pain?

You probably wouldn’t think of visiting the dentist to rid yourself of severe, constant ear pain, but they may be the solution you’ve been looking for. Dentists who understand how your mouth and the nerves, joints, and muscles surrounding it are connected to your overall health are one of the best options when it comes to dealing with pain.

If you’re looking for a dentist who understands those things, Dr. Andrea Stevens is the expert you need.

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