Can non impacted wisdom teeth cause pain?

Hello I am a 27 year old female. Healthy as far as I know. Healthy weight and very active. I have recently been having right sided headaches. The pain is behind my ear above my ear and into my forehead. My right ear has also been hurting on and off. I have had a negative mri. I do have sinus problems but I don’t think that is the problem. I also have bruxism. I am getting a dental splint made to hopefully provide some relief. My bite is also a bit off. I had braces when I was a teenager but never had my wisdom teeth removed as they all grew in. Could my wisdom teeth now be causing an issue? Maybe hitting on a nerve or misaligning my jaw and causing pain? I recently saw my dentist and he checked all of my teeth and there is no sign of infection. Just constant pain that will sometimes trigger a migraine. My dentist wants me to get my wisdom teeth out but I am hesitant to do so if this is not actually the problem. Thank you for any help.

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Answer: Pain from wisdom teeth

By BracesInfo.com Expert 10

It is hard to pinpoint pain from an impacted wisdom tooth, especially without a diagnostic x-ray.  However, with your history of bruxism, your symptoms directly coorelate with TMJ disorder.  A dental splint, or nightguard will help with your bruxism and help to relax your temporomandibular joint and surrounding muscles. This will hopefully alleviate the discomfort you are experiencing on the right side.  Your dentist or orthodontist can also check your occlusion (bite) to determine if adjustments are needed.  If your pain and symptoms subside with the wearing of the splint, you may not need to get your wisdom tooth out immediately.  However, if the wisdom tooth is beginning to erupt, causing any shift in your teeth or occlusion, removing the tooth will prevent further complications. Being impacted, the tooth is not functional, so you will not be losing a functional tooth.  If you are referred to an oral surgeon, the first visit is always a consultation. Be sure to ask any questions you have at this time. 

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