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Can ear infection cause jaw pain?

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: See an ENT specialis

Of course it can.
A middle ear infection puts pressure on the eardrum, causing pain in TMJ and jaw. At the same time TMJ can cause earache. See ENT specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

In brief: See an ENT specialis

Of course it can.
A middle ear infection puts pressure on the eardrum, causing pain in TMJ and jaw. At the same time TMJ can cause earache. See ENT specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
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Dr. James Sunwoo
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Jaw pain

Absolutely, the temporomandibular joint is in very close proximity to the ear, and often problems in the joint can lead to ear pain.

In brief: Jaw pain

Absolutely, the temporomandibular joint is in very close proximity to the ear, and often problems in the joint can lead to ear pain.
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Dr. Steven Koos
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Otitis Media/Externa

Yes, the pain can be referred and also exaggerated on opening and closing.
The opposite is true too, you can have TMJ issues or tooth abscesses that can have referred pain into the ear making it seem as if you have an ear infection, lie with wisdom teeth.

In brief: Otitis Media/Externa

Yes, the pain can be referred and also exaggerated on opening and closing.
The opposite is true too, you can have TMJ issues or tooth abscesses that can have referred pain into the ear making it seem as if you have an ear infection, lie with wisdom teeth.
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Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes it can

Pain from an infected middle ear can radiate to TMJ and jaw bones,please see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment

In brief: Yes it can

Pain from an infected middle ear can radiate to TMJ and jaw bones,please see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes

Yes. With resolution of the ear infection, the jaw should stop hurting.
If the jaw pain persists, it is possible that you have a TMJ problem and not an ear infection. TMJ misdiagnosed as "ear infection" frequently. If jaw pain persists, see oral surgeon

In brief: Yes

Yes. With resolution of the ear infection, the jaw should stop hurting.
If the jaw pain persists, it is possible that you have a TMJ problem and not an ear infection. TMJ misdiagnosed as "ear infection" frequently. If jaw pain persists, see oral surgeon
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