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For the past two weeks I have been under the impression that I had an ear ache that was causing swelling and sensitivity in my upper jaw. I came to this conclusion since I’ve recently had a sinus infection and it seemed likely that the two may be connected. Now I’m starting to think I have it backwards. The ear pain has lessened but the upper jaw pain has increased. I’m starting to think I may have an impacted wisdom tooth. I didn’t think of this at first because I have previously had a wisdom tooth come in on the other side of my mouth, and though it caused pain, it came in fairly straight and I had it pulled out. So far there is no evidence of the wisdom tooth on the opposite side breaking through but the jaw pain has really intensified. Does this sound like an impacted wisdom tooth and could it be impacted when the previous tooth had no problem breaking through the gums?

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  • Dr. Chris December 4, 2010

    Yes, this is a common symptom of an impacted wisdom tooth despite the fact that it may not be evident. It is possible that your earache was due to the sinus infection spreading to the middle ear most likely. And the jaw pain and earache were possibly unrelated. You should see a doctor immediately in case the infection has spread to the jaw and could result in complications even if it does not involve any emerging wisdom tooth. There is no way of knowing for sure unless you have an x-ray of the jaw.

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