A 45-year-old female asked:
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is it possible for tmj to cause ear infections or to mimic the soreness/symptoms of one?

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Dr. Allan Hawryluk
18 years experience Dentistry
Possible: Issues with the TMJ can certainly cause or exacerbate symptoms of the ear like tinnitus, earaches, and hearing diminishment. There are many other causes of ear aches separate from the TMJ and these all must be considered in a diagnosis.
Answered on Mar 22, 2015
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
No infection: Problems with your TMJ will not cause an infection, but the pain can certainly feel like one. See your dentist to be evaluated for TMJ problems and the possible fabrication of an occlusal guard.
Answered on Mar 22, 2015
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Dr. Ronald Achong
17 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
See answer: Tmj problems do not cause infections of the ear but can mimic ear pain. Please see a dentist or/ent doctor.
Answered on Mar 22, 2015
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Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Mimic yes Cause no: The most common cause of non-ear related ear pain is TMJ. I've seen many patients who went to their MD with "ear pain" and were given antibiotics for "ear infection". It was TMJ caused ear pain.
Answered on Mar 22, 2015
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