A. Can Wisdom Tooth Pain Cause Ear Pain Or Sore Throats?
Wisdom teeth are often a major cause of pain for people around the world. When you see yours appear, it’s good to quickly check if it’s coming in as you wish. These teeth do not sprout until the person becomes a young adult and they usually appear before the age of 25. It’s perfectly normal to feel like these teeth are hurting – but how much pain, exactly, is normal?
The reason people tend to feel pain when these teeth appear is because the mouth is overcrowded. In that case, your wisdom teeth may need to be removed. However, if you have enough space in your mouth for your teeth to come out, you shouldn’t be in too much pain. You also don’t need to remove wisdom teeth, which is a big bonus!
Most people are crowded, and when it is particularly bad, your wisdom teeth can actually be stopped. If the tooth is not removed quickly, the following may occur:
1. So yes, wisdom teeth can cause ear pain. But what about sore throat?
If the problem causing the tooth is not resolved quickly, bacteria can accumulate in this area. This is because it can be difficult to reach the brush in this way or it can be very painful to brush well and floss. In that case, you can get an infection in this area. In that case, symptoms such as sore throat, fever or swollen lymph nodes may occur.
B. How Impacted Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Recurring Ear Pain and Sore Throats
Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 21, making them the last permanent teeth to appear in the mouth. As a result, they are also the most common teeth to get stuck or hit because there is not enough space in the jaw for them. The wisdom teeth that come to the side, tilted at the jaw or misaligned, press the teeth around and change your smile.
Read on to learn how the affected wisdom teeth can cause recurring earaches, sore throats and other uncomfortable symptoms until they are successfully removed.
1. The basics of infected wisdom teeth
An affected wisdom tooth occurs when the tooth is prevented from erupting completely through the gum tissue. This often causes the tooth to be bent instead of standing. A variety of additional problems can arise if an affected wisdom tooth is not removed quickly.
If a wisdom tooth is hit or does not explode completely, it can cause infection. When a wisdom tooth presses on the neighboring molar, it can cause tooth movement. Then, gaps and spaces are formed between the teeth that are not easy to clean when brushing your teeth. As a result, these spaces are ideal for the accumulation of food and bacteria, which eventually leads to cavities and cavities. Untreated tooth decay leads to an infection that can spread quickly to the mouth.
2. Common symptoms of affected wisdom teeth
Some discomfort is usually associated with wisdom teeth that penetrate the gums. However, when a wisdom tooth is affected, the tooth can quickly become problematic.
Although some affected wisdom teeth do not cause pain or problems, the most common symptoms of an affected wisdom tooth can include:
Sore and swollen gums
Tenderness around the swollen gum area
Persistent bad breath
Pain in the area of the jaw where the tooth is located
Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
Frequent ear pain
3. Symptoms of an infected wisdom tooth
Like many of the symptoms of an affected wisdom tooth, an already infected tooth is associated with typical symptoms, including:
Pain around the infection site
Inflamed and sensitive gums
Pus comes from the gums
The swollen lymph nodes under the jaw become swollen and painful
Difficulties to swallow
4. Persistent pain and infection should never be ignored
One of the most visible signs that wisdom teeth need to be removed is pain and irritation both at the tooth site and when opening and closing the mouth. An affected tooth can be painless and you may not realize that there is a problem. However, once the tooth tries to break, the gingival tissue can swell and cause pain that radiates to the nearby teeth and jaw. This pain can appear for several days and then disappear completely for weeks or months before returning. The pain usually becomes more persistent and lasts longer if left untreated until the teeth are extracted.
If left untreated, the infection can spread through a wisdom tooth towards the neck or throat and become a serious health problem. Cysts and other benign (harmless) tumors of the jaw can also occur.
5. Find relief with wisdom tooth extraction
If you have any of these signs and symptoms of affected or infected wisdom teeth, you should make an appointment with your dentist. At Tompkins Dental, we will examine the area and take x-rays to see if your wisdom teeth are affected and diagnose the cause of your discomfort. If your wisdom teeth are really problematic, they need to be extracted.
C. Ear Infection Symptoms: What Your Tooth Pain Could Be Telling You
The symptoms of an ear infection can vary depending on where the infection is located. You may experience earache and fever, or dizziness and nausea. However, there is a symptom that you may not be aware of and that is related to the infection: a toothache.
That’s right – toothache can result from an untreated ear infection. Although pain can be treated, people with chronic ear infections often wonder if the problem can have lasting effects on their teeth. Learn more about the relationship between ear infections and oral health below.
1. Oral health and ear infection symptoms
If you experience pain in your mouth, it may be a sign of ear infection. In some cases, undiagnosed ear infections can cause pain in the teeth or jaw. Fortunately, pain in the ears, teeth or jaw can often be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. If you have ear infections on a regular basis, the long-term side effects on your teeth shouldn’t be a problem.
2. Does poor oral hygiene affect your ears?
Poor oral hygiene appears to be the cause of ear infections, as the accumulation of bacteria in the ears often leads to infections and the mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria. Surprisingly, one study found that there was no significant link between ear infections and poor oral hygiene. The link between mouth and ear infections is simply the pain you may feel in your teeth and jaw if your ears are infected.
3. Treatment of ear infections
Given the possible side effects of antibiotics used to treat ear infections (and the fact that overuse of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic-resistant bacteria), Nemours suggests a wait-and-see approach to treat most types of infections by ear. This is because, in many cases, the body can fight ear infections on its own, without the need for antibiotics.
Over-the-counter pain relievers, like ibuprofen, are used to treat pain (in the ear, jaw or teeth). If ear infections are common or severe, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics.
4. Relieve toothache
If ear pain radiates to the teeth or jaw, over-the-counter pain relievers used for ear pain can help with oral or dental discomfort. You should not need painkillers prescribed for ear infections, but tell your doctor if the pain is uncontrollable. Maintaining proper brushing and flossing techniques, regular visits to the dentist for professional cleaning and finding alternatives to sweets are great ways to help prevent tooth and gum pain caused by tooth decay or gingivitis.
5. Communication with your dentist
If you have toothache, your dentist will help you determine the cause. Although pain in the teeth and jaw can be related to ear infections, you can be sure that frequent ear infections should not have lasting effects on your teeth or gums.