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A 42-year-old member asked:

Can cavities in teeth cause ear aches?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Rea Middleton
Dentistry 15 years experience
Yes: Our nerves in our face are all connected so it is very common for patients with a toothache especially in the lower jaw to have an ear ache. Go see a dentist have xrays and an exam done to rule out if it is from your tooth or not.
Dr. Michael Underbrink
23 years experience
Referred ear pain: Tooth pain can be referred to the ear, however this will most likely be associated with severe dental caries. Many things can refer pain to the ear including ear infections, so it would be advisable to have your local ENT check your ears and throat too!
Dr. Peter Karsant
Dentistry 40 years experience
YES: Lower molars refer pain to the ear and in general this means the need for root canal. Please see your dentist to get evaluated.

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