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A 18-year-old female asked:

do ear infections and wisdom teeth have a correlation?

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Dr. Thomas Mchugh
Specializes in Dentistry
Wisdom teeth and ear: There can be a concern if the wisdom teeth are partially erupted and increased potential infections. This could affect the eustacian tubes located in the throat, coming from the inner ear. Usually, infected wisdom teeth, when they cause problems, are felt more by the tmj, about 1/2 inch in front of the ear. Best to check with dentist and md to see if there is infection and how to treat it.
Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
Possibly: Sometimes wisdom teeth pain can feel like an ear infection and sometimes an ear infection can feel as is you have a toothache.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
No, but: No, but pain in and around the wisdom tooth can cause REFERRED PAIN to the ear. No actual ear problem. For best results, see a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon for assessment/recommendations.

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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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