Because root canal treatment requires you to keep your mouth open for an extended period of time during the procedure, you may experience some jaw discomfort. This pain could radiate to the ear, especially if an upper molar was treated for an infection. Root canal infections can be extremely painful. These occur when the soft dental pulp inside a tooth becomes infected.
This pain may radiate to the ear area if one of your molars is affected. Endodontic therapy will help relieve pain by removing diseased dental pulp and filling the affected tooth with an inert material. The teeth, gums, and jaw are inextricably attached to the ears. Ear pain can indicate a dental problem and vice versa.
That's one of the reasons good oral health is so important to your quality of life. You may find that undergoing cleanings or restorative treatments reduces the appearance of ear pain. A root canal is the primary way to solve this problem and eliminate the pain you experience once and for all. Your dentist will then administer a local anesthetic to the infected area, so you don't feel anything during the actual root canal.
Let me start by saying that root canals get a lot of bad press and are the end of a lot of jokes. This is because the mouth is very connected to the ears; the main cause of ear pain could be a toothache that radiates into the ears. Many people get scared when they hear the term “root canal” when, in fact, it's a routine procedure that dentists perform several times a day. Your dentist's goal will be to discern if your dental problems will be corrected by root canal treatment, or if damage can still be delayed or reversed, in which case a filling may be a viable option.
Pain from one part of the body can radiate to another part of the body, hence ear pain from dental problems. Toothache sometimes seems to “go away just to come back” at the most inconvenient time, say the first day of your vacation. The best remedy in these situations is root canal therapy, which removes infected pulp and prevents tooth extraction. Earaches don't always accompany a dental health problem, but it could be one of many important telltale signs that something is wrong.
A good way to determine if your ear pain could be related to dental problems is to look at which side of your head your ear hurts the most. When one of your molars is affected, the pain you experience in the back of your mouth may radiate to the ear area. The most likely cause of interconnected tooth and ear pain is trauma to the area, tooth decay, or even a broken tooth. A condition that has symptoms similar to root canal disorders is periodontal gum abscess, and an x-ray can rule out this possibility.
Given the amount of pressure placed on the teeth in these cases, it's not uncommon for patients to experience ear pain as part of the problem. When these problems appear without symptoms, it is vital that the dentist evaluates the need for a root canal procedure based on a few simple observations and tests.