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A 24-year-old female asked:

Wisdom teeth impacted and will be extracted in the meantime for the past week i have been having bad jaw pain & ear ache. is this tmj or wisdom teeth?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 42 years experience
Likely wisdom teeth: Probably the teeth, however, a natural response to tooth pain is to clench against it. This can cause joint and muscle pain. Speak to the Oral Surgeon -- maybe they can move you up. Good Luck.
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Either: Either. Make sure oral surgeon is aware of your symptoms. May modify surgery. Make sure you're being treated by an oral surgeon. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 37 years experience
Yes, TMJ syndrome: The most common symptoms include: ear pain, muffled noise and fullness. Also jaw popping and clicking. See your dentist for evaluation and proper treatment.
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Last updated Jul 31, 2015

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