The back teeth in your mouth are called wisdom teeth, and they are the last to erupt. Most people have four wisdom teeth, but some have more, while others have none at all.
If they erupt incorrectly or grow at an angle whilst rubbing against neighboring teeth, they can become problematic and cause pain and inflammation in other parts of the body. Fortunately, there are a few ways to manage wisdom-teeth related pain at home to find some relief.
Can Wisdom Teeth Cause Ear Pain?
Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful in the mouth, but can wisdom teeth cause ear pain? Yes, among the warning signs of an impacted wisdom tooth are painful ears, tender gums, inflammation around the jaw and throat, and even neck pain.
You may experience extremely painful ear and throat pain if your mouth does not have enough room for your wisdom teeth to erupt. This is because the wisdom tooth is growing at an angle and putting pressure on your gums and jaw, especially if its path to erupt is blocked.
It's crucial to visit your dentist or doctor if you have ear pain so they can determine whether your wisdom teeth are to blame. Learn more about how wisdom teeth may cause ear pain in the paragraphs that follow, along with suggestions for relief.
How Wisdom Teeth May Cause Ear Pain
Severe symptoms may appear if there is not enough room in your mouth for your wisdom teeth to erupt. Some people experience excruciating throat and ear pain in addition to the discomfort that wisdom teeth can bring to their jaw, gums, and mouth.
It's debatable how wisdom teeth could result in pain in the neck and ears. Some dentists think that the pressure exerted by wisdom teeth on the jaw's nerves is what causes ear pain. The resulting ear pain might be the result of this.
Other dentists contend that since wisdom teeth are not connected to the jaw's nerves, they cannot cause ear pain. It's interesting to note that while some people with impacted wisdom teeth experience severe ear pain, others experience nothing at all.
Natural tension, which is a more obvious cause of neck and ear pain, may be brought on by a person's shifting wisdom teeth. This building tension can have an impact on your jaw, your gums, and other body parts.
As a result, the neck muscles tighten and clench, resulting in ear discomfort and neck tension.
When the Glands Become Swollen
Sometimes, impacted wisdom teeth are accompanied by swollen glands as well as ear pain.
An impacted wisdom tooth is one that either becomes impaled or can only partially erupt through the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause inflammation in the neck's lymph nodes, surrounding glands, and the jaw.
Jaw stiffness, pain, and difficulty opening your mouth may be among the early signs of a wisdom tooth infection. Along with the pain, there might be swelling in the jaw area, which could then spread to the glands and then upward to the ears.
Often, removing a wisdom tooth can alleviate the discomfort associated with swollen glands. Consult your dentist to discuss a potential extraction if you think that impacted or infected wisdom teeth are to blame for any painfully swollen glands in your neck.
Home Treatments for Ear Pain Caused by Wisdom Teeth
How can wisdom teeth pressure in the ears be relieved? Over-the-counter painkillers used for ear pain can help with oral or dental discomfort if ear pain spreads to the teeth or jaw. For ear infections, you shouldn't require a prescription for painkillers, but let your doctor know if the pain is severe.
Some natural remedies could help you feel better if your wisdom teeth are causing ear pain:
- Apply an ice pack to the ears for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Make sure to use the gel pack with a cloth cover or barrier to prevent ice burns and skin damage. Cold compresses are very effective at reducing radiating pain and swelling because they constrict blood vessels and lower circulation in the area.
- A warm, wet cloth or heating pad can be used to quickly relieve ear pain. If the pain from your wisdom teeth has spread to your neck and beyond, the heat should help loosen your tense muscles. To achieve optimal results, alternate between the two for 20 minutes several times each day.
- NSAIDs: To relieve your pain, you can also try taking over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen. Ibuprofen may help reduce swelling while alleviating your pain. To ensure that taking these medications is safe for you, consult your doctor or dentist.
- Drink pineapple juice. According to some studies, the bromelain in pineapple juice has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to lessen pain brought on by wisdom teeth. If you are simultaneously dealing with ear pain and wisdom tooth pain, it might be worthwhile to read more about trying this home remedy: Pineapple Juice for Wisdom Teeth
Wisdom Teeth Removal
If your wisdom teeth are the cause of your ear and throat pain, having them removed may be the most appropriate option. If the discomfort is severe, this straightforward dental procedure could be extremely helpful for both your oral and overall health. After surgery, the majority of patients feel mild to no pain. You'll probably feel swollen and not too uncomfortable for about three days.
Ask your dentist if having your wisdom teeth removed would help with your ear pain.
Your body may experience uncomfortable side effects from the eruption and movement of your wisdom teeth, including jaw pain, headaches, and ear pain. Pain and swollen glands are signs that a wisdom tooth may be infected and need to be extracted. If you need to have your wisdom teeth extracted, your dentist can help.
Try to refrain from any actions that might make your ear pain more severe in the interim, such as yawning, chewing gum, or lying down on your stomach. To lessen inflammation, elevate your head on a pillow while you sleep. Keep brushing and flossing your teeth to maintain healthy oral hygiene, and make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Sources and Further Reading
- Can Wisdom Teeth Cause Ear Pain Congress Dental
The reason people tend to feel pain when these teeth appear is because the mouth is overcrowded.
- ORAL & FACIAL SURGERY OF UTAH
When wisdom teeth cause ear pain, that’s a pretty good sign that they are impacted.
- Effect of Proteolytic Enzyme Bromelain on Pain - PMC
Out of the total 40 patients, bromelain was effective in 28 (70%) patients. In these patients, there was reduction in swelling and pain after taking bromelain.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
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