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I had a white shadow on a general xray at my dentists and was

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I had a white shadow on a general xray at my dentists and was subsequently sent to hospital for a full jaw xray. This showed that I have a tooth growing horizontally in top jaw right above top back tooth, oral surgeon stated that as it wasn't giving me problems it's best to leave it. I agreed and that was that. A few months after I suddenly realised that the pain in my right temple and ringing in my right ear may have something to do with this tooth growing wrongly. I visited my dentist who said that the tooth below this abnormal tooth is healthy so can't see any problems.
Now 4 weeks later I'm still thinking that this horizontal tooth in top of my right jaw at the back is causing my ear and temple pain.
Could you advise me regarding this?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 3 years ago.

Dr. D.J. :

The views expressed by me are for educational purposes only and do not establish a doctor patient relationship.

Dr. D.J. :

Hi there,


This is Dr. D.J., experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.


I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Dr. D.J. :

That is a good thought.

Dr. D.J. :

Indeed it is a possibility.

Dr. D.J. :

The right temple and ear are supplied by the branches of the trigeminal nerve.

Dr. D.J. :

The tooth growing wrongly can hurt the nerve.

Dr. D.J. :

This can induce a condition called neuralgia.

Dr. D.J. :

Now, the symptoms usually get worse with chewing food.

Dr. D.J. :

The diagnosis is little challenging but can be done by the nerve conduction study.

Dr. D.J. :

You can consult with a neurologist to find out the origin of this pain.

Dr. D.J. :

If this is nerve related, then the tooth needs to come out.

Dr. D.J. :

Or, you can take medications to control the symptoms.

Dr. D.J. :

Carbamazepine is commonly used in case of trigeminal neuralgia.

Customer: I haven't noticed a problem when eating, but I do think its nerve related as I sometimes have a warm sensation around right jaw area and dents I has confirmed that the muscle on right jaw is extremely tender
Dr. D.J. :

ok --this is likely nerve related then.

Dr. D.J. :

You should see a different oral surgeon then.

Customer: Do you think that this could also cause the ringing in my right ear?
Dr. D.J. :

yes it can

Dr. D.J. :

the same nerve also supplies the ear.

Customer: Thank you very much I will indeed arrange to see a different oral surgeon
Dr. D.J. :

very welcome

Dr. D.J. :

Best wishes,

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