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i have a sore throat and my jaw hurts and my head hurts. i also had a bad toothache a week ago. do i need a dentist or doctor?

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Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Probably both: It sounds like you have a tooth problem and a dentist can be helpful with it. It also sounds like you may have a medical problem also... A physician can help you there. You may also need to see a facial pain specialist if your dentist cannot help you with your jaw pain. Best of luck!
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. James Donley
53 years experience Dentistry
Dentist: You probably have an abscessed tooth. You need to see a dentist immediately.
Answered on Jan 7, 2013
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
Perhaps both?: There is no way to know for sure without actually examining you. My guess is that you have both a dental and a medical problem, although it is possible that the two are related. If you still have a toothache start with a dentist, otherwise start with a physician but also see a dentist as soon as possible as the cause of the toothache will probably resurface as pain soon!
Answered on Mar 21, 2015
Dr. Nishan Odabashian
29 years experience Endodontics
See Dentist First: People may associate a sore throat w/ a flu/cold or it may be due to a tooth issue. The fact that your jaw hurts, may be a sign that your wisdom tooth is erupting and does not have enough space to erupt. You can get a jaw ache, tooth ache, headache, and tonsillitis from this. So it may be an easier route to see your dentist first. If he/she is unable to see anything they will refer you to your doc.
Answered on Feb 18, 2015
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