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A 24-year-old female asked:

Can tmj disorder cause pain in molars? my 2 lower molars hurt when i chew and generally theres a dull ache, jaw hurts too. dentist says the molars are fine, but wisdom tooth needs to come out. can tmj cause this pain? or wisdom tooth?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 41 years experience
Both can be the cause. Bacteria trapped between the wisdom tooth and inflammation can cause pain in the adjacent molars. Clenching or grinding your teeth will put excessive force on the molars which can result in pain. Your dentist has diagnosed the wisdom tooth as the issue... sight unseen I would have to say follow your dentist's advice.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Both, but statistically compromised wisdom tooth is the more probable culprit. Follow your Dentist's advice. We have not examined you. He/she has.
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Last updated Jan 9, 2022

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