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A 23-year-old female asked:

post impacted wisdom teeth extraction have random ear pain in one year. i have developed tmj. best way to reduce inflammation? taking ibprofene.

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Dr. Bolivar Luperon
Prosthodontics 18 years experience
Inflamation: It is not uncommon to have some ear soreness after wisdom teeth extraction. It most likely due to muscle and TMJ strain during the procedure. 800mg of Ibuprofen every 8 hrs should be enough. It may last 3-4 days before it gets better. Alternatively, if the discomfort is unbearable, some steroids can be prescribed. Try to have a soft diet and to chew no gum until it gets better.
Dr. Edward Zuckerberg
Dentistry 43 years experience
TMJ Evaluation : While i can't rule out that your ear discomfort doesn't have a medical origin, your dentist should be able to do a bite evaluation and examination of your TMJ and determine whether or not you may be clenching or grinding your teeth. If you are, your dentist should fabricate a nighttime appliance to prevent this habit. Ear pain is commonly a secondary symptom to a jaw disturbance.
Dr. Seth Black
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 44 years experience
Probably a bruxer: Not sure if your question is ear pain for 1 year or pain in ear after wisdom tooth extraction, but ear pain or the sensation of a clogged ear is common in people who brux or grind their teeth. See your dentist or oral surgeon for a complete examination and treatment.
Dr. Raj Upadya
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
NSAIDs: Nsaids will reduce inflammation. Mobic (meloxicam) works very well with tmd. Ice to area, and soft diet can help as well. Consult with someone who treats a lot of tmd for a workup to determine a diagnosis, so that a treatment plan can be developed to control, lessen, and sometimes solve the condition...
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
A few ideas.: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain & limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, OTC pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments.

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