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Could an abscessed tooth infection go into your ear?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Depends: You may get referrered pain from a tooth, like a wisdome tooth. The tooth is infected but you get "ear pain". Unlikely however that the infection would actually spread in that your ear would be infected.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Probably not: Infections in upper jaw drain to the base of the brain and then down. In lower jaw infection spreads along the lymph nodes down your neck. Sometimes infection gets into the space between your skin and the underlying tissues and spreads along this plane. Before abscess (infected tooth) spreads see your dentist for treatment or referral to an endodontist or an oral surgeon.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
See yr dentist ASAP: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus, ear and to other areas of your head and neck. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can an abscessed tooth infection affect your ears?

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Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
It can be: If the infection spreads to the back of the throat, the ear canal drains in this area. The swelling from the infection can cause the ear canal to be blocked causing ear pain. Get treated asap for the tooth abscess. Good luck.

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