Tooth And Ear Pain On The Same Side

Tooth And Ear Pain On The Same Side

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Maybe you have experienced Tooth And Ear Pain On The Same Side at times. So the question will arise: can toothache be the cause of earache?

 The answer to this question is positive;

However, not all jaw and facial pain is related to teeth and may have other causes.

 The relationship between tooth and ear pain is very close because the ear has common nerves with the larynx. , pharynx, and jaw. for this reason, it is not easy to diagnose ear and jaw pain, and it is necessary to treat tooth and ear pain as soon as possible and take action to treat it because, over time, more acute problems appear that require treatment.

It also becomes more complex, and dental problems in children can cause earaches.

Causes of simultaneous tooth and ear pain

The relationship between toothache and earache has different causes, which are:

  • Wisdom teeth

Sometimes the cause of your earache can be wisdom teeth, because in many people, wisdom teeth do not fully erupt from the gum line, and problems such as infection and pain bring.

Related: “How Do I Know What Kind Of Toothache I Have?

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  •  Inflammation of the jaw bone: 

Inflammation of the jaw bone can cause ear pain in some cases; in these cases, the bony prominence behind the ear experiences pain and throbbing.

  • Temporomandibular joint disorder: 

This disorder is called a condition in which the jaw works abnormally; for example, it makes a clicking sound or is locked. Due to the proximity of the ear to the jaw joints, it is difficult to identify where this pain originates from. So, you feel tooth and ear pain.

Moreover, if the pain increases, you should see a doctor.

  • Severe abscess on the tip of the tooth:

 When you have an abscess on the tip of the tooth, this pain twists in the root of the nerve that is connected to the brain, and when the tooth is located in the back of the jaw, the nerves are very close to the ear, and the pain inside the ear is also turns

Dental problems may cause ear pain and ring in the ears.

The reason is the opening and closing of the jaw bone and teeth, inside, middle, and outer ears.

TMJ disorder is an example of these jawbone problems, often considered earaches.


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  • Dental problems that lead to earache!

The ear and throat are connected, while the nerve that controls the deep inner ear muscle can also control the jaw muscles.

It means that this pain in one area may cause problems and lead to tooth and ear pain.

The radiology dentist suggests examining the mouth and face and describing the symptoms when diagnosing pain.

These dental problems are common causes of earache.

    • TMJ disorder:

About 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ disorder. This problem occurs when the TMJ joint is not aligned correctly.

As a result, the patient often has jaw pain, facial pain, wormy teeth, jaw chattering, ringing in the ear, and tooth and ear pain.

The dentist examines the jaw and related signs and diagnoses the cause of the pain.

If there is a TMJ disorder, a custom occlusal guard should be placed to move the jaw.

    • Poor byte alignment:

Even the lack of alignment in the jaw causes pain and pressure on the outer ear.


A specialist can treat a weak bite balance with cosmetic or restorative methods.

Related: “What Is More Painful, Braces Or Invisalign?

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    • Bruxism:

Bruxism is another cause of tooth decay. Grinding teeth causes ear pain and ringing in the ears.

Because the TMJ joint is adjacent to the middle and inner ear, any problem that develops in the jawbone can affect the ear.

    • Toothache:

Many patients complain of earache, which is due to a dental problem, which means that they experience tooth and ear pain at the same time.

Phantom ringing in the ears affects 1 in 5 people.

This problem causes gum infection or inflammation in the mouth.

Related: “How To Cure Swollen Gums / Home Remedies

Referral pains in the head and face are widespread. Diagnosing these pains is a complex and essential task. According to research, 50% of people who go to the doctor with ear pain are the primary source of their pain. Because the ear, pharynx, larynx, and jaw share a sensory nerve.

Ear problems can be diagnosed with a regular examination in the office, but it is interesting to know that the jaw and teeth mainly cause 50% of people who come in with ear pain.

 Usually, an ear infection is divided into two categories: external and middle ear infection. 

The cause of external ear infection is the manipulation of the ear, swimming in polluted water, but the cause of middle ear infection is more related to the throat, and those who catch a cold get the infection from the throat to their ears, which is natural. Treating it treats the ear.

Related: “Treatment Of Tooth Infection Swelling

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In order to determine the source of toothache and ear pain, it should be noted that toothache and jaw pain are among the most common oral and dental ailments.

 There may be severe pain during pressure or stimulation with cold and heat, and the toothache may continue for fifteen seconds after removing the stimulus.

 Simultaneously with the increase of inflammation in the pulp, the pain becomes more intense, and the pain may also be reflected in the cheek, ear, and jaw. 

Other symptoms that you should pay attention to and follow the necessary treatment include:

  1. Pain when chewing food
  2. Sensitivity to cold and heat
  3. Bleeding teeth and gums
  4. Swollen teeth and jaw
  5. Hit or irritation in the area


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Interrelationship of pain in the face and jaw with tooth and ear pain

Sometimes, ear infections are directly connected to our mouth and teeth. Here are some ear infections that are related to oral health.

Gum disease and oral infections can also affect other parts of the body. Sometimes, if there is gum disease, the bacteria in the gum can reach the ear and cause an ear infection. 

The unusual position of the teeth in the mouth or abnormalities of the teeth may cause pain in the ear. This pain may even be mistaken for an ear infection.

Also, there is a possibility that abnormalities of the temporomandibular joint may be confused with ear infections And vice versa. 

Even in some cases, the ear pain caused by an infection may be accompanied by a toothache.

Related: “How To Keep Healthy Oral Microbiome

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Since there is a nerve line between the teeth and the ears, pain from an ear infection may radiate to the teeth and gums. Some patients may also think that tooth decay is causing their pain when they have an ear infection.

Related: “Preventing Pregnancy Tooth Decay


For many people, tooth and ear pain may have similar symptoms, and it is difficult to tell them apart. While a toothache can be caused by an infection, cavity, gum disease, or trauma to a tooth, an earache is often caused by fluid in the eardrum, ear infection, injury, or colds and flu.

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Author and specialist

Dr. Majid Zahrabi,


  • Board Certified Neurosurgeon
  • DHA certificate holder
  • Plantation certificate holder, France
  • Certified holder of Discogol, France
  • A pioneer in the non-surgical treatment of disc herniation in the Middle East and CIS countries.
  • Under the training and coaching of Professor Jacques Theron (founder of Discogel Therapy) since 2008
  • More than 400 successful cervical and 1300 lumbar discogel injections
  • Trained and certified several neurosurgeons and spine surgeons in the Middle East and CIS countries for the treatment of Discogel
  • Strong belief in patient-centered care planning and participation
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Imam Khomeini and Amir Mazandarani Hospital, Sari, Iran, with more than 430 surgeries annually, 2000-2011
  • Neurosurgeon and spine surgeon at Farmaniyeh, Nikan and Yas Sepid Hospital, Tehran, Iran, with more than 400 surgeries annually, 2011-2012
  • Neurosurgeon at Iranian Hospital, Dubai, 2022-2023
  • Since 2015, he has been working as a reference doctor for the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with Discogel and has trained many doctors of spine-related specialties in various countries of the Middle East and CIS in person/practically and online.



  • Individual training sessions under the direct supervision of Professor Jacques Theron in Discogel treatment, 2008-2020
  • Training sessions under the supervision of Professor Thierry Boye on spinal implants, 2007
  • Participation and presentation in several national and international medical and neuro-spinal conferences
  • Board certificate by Iran Neurosurgery Board, 2001
  • Neurosurgery assistant training course, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, 1996-2001 (In 2001, he graduated from Isfahan University of Medical Sciences with the first rank in the country.
  • His thesis the titled:The Application of human amniotic membrane in repair of dura matter in dogs.” ( It was happening for the first time in the world. )
  • General medical education, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran, 1984-1993


Published books:

  • CT scan of the brain for doctors
  • Etiology and treatment of painful spine disorders
  • Atlas of diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of spine disorders
  • The most common mistakes in the treatment of spinal disorders
  • Reading brain CT scan in simple language (3rd place in the book of the year)
  • Treatment of head and spine injuries

Publications and articles:

  • Bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects of DISCOGEL® (https://www.researchgate.net/)
  • Muscle recovery, reduction of pain, and improvement of movement strategies in patients with lumbar discopathy after injection of Discogel.
  • The article on the initial results of the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection, which won the second-best poster rank at the Pan Arab International Congress of Interventional Radiology (March 14-16, 2015) and was accepted for presentation at the Chicago Pain Congress.
  • The use of human amniotic membrane in dura mater repair in dogs, a study for the first time in the world.



  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2019
  • Chicago International Pain Congress, 2019
  • Iran International Pain Management Congress, 2018
  • Annual Congress of Physiotherapists of Iran, 2018
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Armenia for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2017
  • First Live Workshop and Seminar on Minimally Invasive Disc Therapy (DISCON), 2017
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Azerbaijan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • Seminar of Iranian official managers, 2016
  • Presentation of Discogel as an innovative solution for the treatment of spinal disc herniation in Tajikistan for orthopedic specialists and neurosurgeons, 2016
  • International Neurological Intervention Congress in Iran, 2014
  • Educational seminar for nurses on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Educational seminar for general practitioners on treatment approaches for head and spine trauma, 2014
  • Speech at the Retraining Seminar for General Practitioners and Specialists in Dubai (Discon) in 2017
  • Speech in the internal retraining courses of Irani Hospital, Dubai
  • Holding lecture sessions and practical workshops on the treatment of intervertebral disc herniation with discogel injection in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Oman, and Armenia during the years 2015 to 2021.
  • Giving a lecture and holding a practical workshop for neurosurgeons in Vietnam at Ho Chi Minh City University in 2023

Dr. Majid Zohrabi started treating his patients in Dubai in 2022 and continues his activities in private medical centers in the UAE.