Pain in the teeth can cause earaches and headaches. When a toothache occurs, pain from the oral cavity can radiate up through the jaw and cause an earache. The following information is kindly shared by the team of Evergreen Dental in Chatswood, NSW to make the readers aware of how they might experience ear pain from tooth problems.
Infections caused by bacteria in the teeth and gums can cause pain, and as the nerves run through the sinuses are connected to the ears through the face, this can also cause ear pain. A second reason a person might have an earache in addition to a toothache is if they grind their teeth. Teeth grinding is called bruxism and is when a person unknowingly grinds their teeth, usually the back teeth or molars, or clenches or grinds their teeth out of stress. This can cause ear pain, as a result of the constant gnashing, because it places stress on the teeth which results in triggering pain in the nervous system.
Other reasons may include TMJ, the temporomandibular joint problems and when a toothache occurs, or a tooth has been pulled, this can also radiate through the jaw, causing an earache. Temperatures can cause a toothache, which can result in an earache as well. Hot and cold temperatures on teeth, can affect the faces nervous system and cause a reaction depending on whether it is extremely cold air coming in through the nose and mouth, or extremely cold liquids, as well as exceedingly hot food or liquids, and can result in ear pain and toothaches. An uncommon reason for an earache along with a toothache can be heart problems. Because the nervous system is so complex, pain can be reverted to other nerves throughout the body, and when a person has heart problems, it can cause unexplained aches and pains in the rest of the body.
Scheduling an appointment with a doctor is highly recommended before taking any medications or making assumptions as to the causes of an earache and toothache.