Ear Ache After Wisdom Tooth Extraction
by Tonya C
I had an extraction of a lower molar and I have an earache starting and seems to be getting a little worse...it is on same side of extraction? I can stand the pain but wondering if this can be normal. The dentist said it was a difficult extraction. Any feedback? Thanks!
I'm sorry your ear is hurting. Though a tooth extraction doesn't directly cause ear pain there could be a connection.
You mentioned it was a difficult extraction which means your jaw joint may have been strained a bit from you having to open extra wide for an extended period of time or from the pressure needed to remove the tooth.
The TMJ or temporo-mandibular joint is like a hinge that connects your lower jaw to your skull. Because it moves side to side and up and down and gets a lot of use, this joint can easily be strained. The TMJ is located just in front of the ear. In addition to jaw pain and headaches, TMJ symptoms include ringing of ears, ear pain and dizziness.
Side effects from tooth extractions include sore jaw (TMJ) joints, headache and ear pain. This pain should steadily improve and recover completely.
There is always a chance that you coincidentaly have a separate issue with your ear that would need a physicians attention.
Since I can only give you general information I would encourage you to call the dentist or surgeon who did the extraction as they are very familiar with your case.
It should be no trouble at all for them to answer your questions and recommend medications if needed and would make you feel better.
After care such as a follow up visit to check how the site is healing and being available to answer your questions is typically included in the fee for the extraction.
I hope you feel better soon:)