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A 52-year-old member asked:

w/o seeing an ent or visiting an oral surgeon, is there a way to establish a 3rd molar impaction as *the* cause of "pulsatile" same-sided tinnitus?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Not Likely: You must see one or the other or even both. The likelihood of this being the cause is typically remote, in the absence of unusual infection, cyst or other complication factors. Especially in a 52 year old. See the specialists to identify and treat this problem. Good Luck.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Unrelated: I don't think that an impacted molar would cause pulsatile tinnitus. A neurologist or otolaryngologist is best qualified to evaluate you for new onset tinnitus.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
No, see ENT: Researchers still aren’t entirely sure what happens in the auditory system to cause pulsatile tinnitus. See an ENT if you’ve had ringing in your ears for more than 3 months.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
No: No. You need evaluation. You may need to see more than one specialist. The only way that a wisdom tooth can cause pulsatile tinnitus would be with inflammation (possible). See an oral surgeon for assessment of the 3rd molar. If negative, see ENT doc for tinnitus. You may also have to see a neurologist.

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