Pain in my ear, not sure if it is a tooth problem or what?

I have been having some pain on the left side of my head and I’m not too sure what is going on. The eustachian tubes are plugged which is annoying but than I noticed that the lower left area of my mouth is hurting. I don’t notice any pain when I chew or bite down though. It just hurts when I reopen my jaw and then my ear tube hurts again. Have you heard of this? Is there any way to tell if this is a problem with my tooth or with my ear?

– Kayla in Minnesota

Kayla,

It is difficult to diagnose or make specific recommendations without having seen you in person. That said, it really could be either one. The temporo-mandibular joint is located right next to your ear. It would be a good idea to make an appointment with a TMJ dentist versus an ENT. There have been cases where physicians will misdiagnose this sort of think so make sure you see someone that is experienced in TMJ treatment and diagnosis. You can check out their credentials and likely learn a lot about what patients are saying about their practice online. A TMJ expert will be able to help pinpoint the source and reason for pain and be able to tell you whether or not it truly is TMJ pain that you are experiencing. If it is an ear problem, than it makes sense to go to an ENT. One step at a time.

This post is sponsored by Phoenix dentist Arthur Chal Esthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry.

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