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Can wisdom teeth cause headaches?

23 doctors weighed in across 11 answers
Dr. Mark Diamond answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Sure can: Yes they can, particularly if incompletely erupted or impacted. See your dentist if concerned.

Answered 2/7/2017

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Dr. Abel Loredo answered

Specializes in General Dentistry

Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth erupt around the ages of 17 to 25 during the stage in life when a person becomes an adult. Wisdom meaning coming of age. They can cause pain on the jaw as they exert pressure on the bone, gums and other teeth on their way out. Many times they become impacted or stuck behind the other teeth and cause infection (pericoronitis). Best to see your dentist for proper diagnosis.

Answered 6/11/2019

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Dr. Sal Aragona answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes: As impacted or misaligned wisdom teeth try to erupt and grow, the put tremendous pressure to the teeth in front of them increasing the frequency of nightime clenching and this can be a source of facial pain and headaches.

Answered 9/3/2019

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Dr. Daniel Quon answered

Specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Yes: Headaches can be caused from a number of different things, including wisdom teeth. A thorough clinical and radiographic examination should be performed to help identify the possible cause of your headaches.

Answered 5/17/2016

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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani answered

Specializes in Orofacial Pain

At times: Usually pain from a wisdom tooth is caused by infection around the tooth. Pain is often referred to the areas of the face and head and can mean spread of infection. Antibiotics along with analgesics are often prescribed to get rid of the pain. Consult your dentist or oral surgeon and get the painful area examined.

Answered 6/24/2015

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Dr. Scott Greenhalgh answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes, commonly: Wisdom teeth can cause a headache when they are slowly coming in, or later in life when they are in, but not sitting at the right position. Visit your dentist and have them checked. If they need to be removed there are a number of comfortable ways it can be done.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Scott Bobbitt answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Absolutely: Especially if they are exposed to the oral cavity and infected (inflamed). One applies pressure to the teeth by clenching--hyperstimulating the muscles of mastication ("chewing muscles")--most likely the temporalis muscles located in the temple region--hence the "headache".

Answered 10/16/2018

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes: Wisdom teeth can create several triggers for headaches. The wisdom teeth can become infected; cause changes in the bite if erupting improperly, helping to increase the grinding and clenching of the dentition; and cause the muscles to go into spasm.

Answered 6/12/2019

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Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Yes, but: Yes, but many times there are OTHER reasons for the headache. Make sure you are evaluated and treated for wisdom teeth by an oral surgeon.

Answered 2/19/2020

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Dr. Harvey Shandler answered

Specializes in

Yes: Yes it is possible for wisdom teeth to cause headaches in a variety of ways. If you feel this is a possibility make an appointment with your local oral surgeon who will take x-rays and do a consult and exam to let you know his opinion if the wisdom teeth are causing or contributing to your headaches.

Answered 5/9/2017

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Dr. Justin Nelson answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

Yes: yes, pressure from pericoronitis (inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding the crown of a partially erupted tooth...mostly wisdom teeth) can cause a whole host if lovely and fun issues in the head/neck and headaches can be one of them. Take 600mg IBU to relieve inflammation, pain and the headaches. headaches can also be caused by clenching/grinding ets. See dentist if you still have ???

Answered 11/28/2017

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