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Can a ear infection cause tooth pain?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Richards
Dentistry - Endodontics
4 doctors agree

In brief: No

But ear pain can mimic tooth pain.

In brief: No

But ear pain can mimic tooth pain.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree

In brief: No

Have ear examined by physician.
Have teeth examined by dentist. While referred pain is a well known phenomenon, this is not a normal pathway.

In brief: No

Have ear examined by physician.
Have teeth examined by dentist. While referred pain is a well known phenomenon, this is not a normal pathway.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. John Yu
Dentistry - Endodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not likely

The question is whether the pain can be referred from the ear to the tooth.
The external part of your ear is innervated by auriculo temporal cranial nerve v which shares the same ganglion as the nerve that innervate your teeth (v2 and v3), but the inner pat of the ear did not share the same nerve pathway. However, this is not to say you won't have some offshoots that cause the tooth to hurt.

In brief: Not likely

The question is whether the pain can be referred from the ear to the tooth.
The external part of your ear is innervated by auriculo temporal cranial nerve v which shares the same ganglion as the nerve that innervate your teeth (v2 and v3), but the inner pat of the ear did not share the same nerve pathway. However, this is not to say you won't have some offshoots that cause the tooth to hurt.
Dr. John Yu
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Vice versa

No, but sometimes tooth pain can be referred to the ear.
TMJ problems also commonly cause ear symptoms.

In brief: Vice versa

No, but sometimes tooth pain can be referred to the ear.
TMJ problems also commonly cause ear symptoms.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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