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i have ear pain right after eating vertain foods, like ice cream. i do have tmj. what could this be?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Need more info: Have you had this pain for quite awhile? Did it appear recently along with some ear pain or other symptoms? Could be tmd/tmj. Hard to tell. Need to see a doctor to rule out other problems.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
TMJ or Ear.: Could be related to TMJ. If it is or becomes problematic, have an ENT doc assess your ears.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
TMJ TMD: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain practitioner for a consultation and treatment options and to prevent future complications.

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