Can Root Canal Cause Ear Pain?
An infection in the root canals can cause not only pain in the mouth, but it can cause ear pain. While the infected tooth root may not actually be close to the ear, it can cause what is known as referred pain. Referred or radiated pain is pain that starts in one place but is felt in another part of the body. When you have a tooth that is infected or abscessed, the nerve of the tooth becomes inflamed. This can be extremely painful for patients. The pain can spread to not only the ear but throughout the jaw and face, as well.
Other symptoms of a root canal infection include:
• A lingering toothache or feeling of sensitivity when you eat or drink something hot or cold
• Pain or sensitivity when chewing or biting
• Throbbing pain
• Pain that is strong enough to wake up at night
• A swollen area or bubble-like growth on your gums
• Pain that radiates
A root canal treatment will remove the infected tissues and often provides immediate relief of ear and other pain. The tooth can remain sensitive for a few days after treatment, but the discomfort should be manageable with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, like IB Profen. The pain should decrease as the inflammation subsides.
Without treatment, the pain can worsen and the infection may spread. You may even be at risk of losing the tooth. If you have symptoms of an abscess or infection, a root canal treatment can ease your pain and save your tooth. Contact us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our team.
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