What are the 5 Dental Conditions that cause ear pain?

There are a lot of dental conditions that cause ear pain. Any cause that generates pain in the teeth will radiate that pain to the jaw and, thus, to the ear. A cold or ear infection may also cause a toothache, among various causes and associated symptoms.

Why are the mouth and the ear connected?

The set of body structures that make up the trigeminal system includes the ear, eyes, nose, meninges, and mouth, which connect the jaw and molars. All these are connected by a sensory nerve with three points or arms, connecting the head and face. This helps sensory information travel for touch, pain, and temperature.

Dental Conditions that cause ear pain

1. TMJ Disorder

TMJ dysfunction affects approximately 10 million Americans. When the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are not positioned, the problem develops. TMJ condition patients feel jaw pain, facial discomfort, worn teeth, popping jaws, tinnitus, and earache.

2. Poor Bite Alignment

Do you have the sensation that your teeth don’t quite fit together? Do you have difficulty speaking, or do you grind your teeth at night? It’s possible that you have a misaligned bite. This is also known as malocclusion, crossbite, overbite, or underbite.

3. Bruxism

Bruxism is more than a cause of worn teeth. Teeth grinding can cause tinnitus and ear pain, among other symptoms. It is because the temporomandibular joints neighbor the sensitive middle and inner ear. Any problem that develops in the jawbone can radiate to the ears.

4. Toothache

Generally, a toothache is due to poor dental hygiene and, over time, causes gum disease and cavities, among other conditions. It is often due to the accumulation of plaque and bacteria, which generate acid, causing a weakened tooth. Yet, other health problems can radiate pain to other parts of the body, causing developing orofacial pain. 

5. Root Canal Infection

A root canal procedure is done to remove the pulp of a tooth that has become infected or wounded as a result of dental decay or other traumas. The pulp of the tooth is made up of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue.

How to differentiate tooth pain from an ear pain

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