Tragus VS Dental Pain

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Monday July 21st, 2008 @ 3:02 AM

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Hi There,

I had my tragus pierced a week ago at a professional piercing place with a bar. It has healed really well, no puss etc etc and I have been cleaning it twice a day with ‘protat’ (the Australian version of ear solution) and salt water bath.

I have noticed however that I have excruciating dental pain on the right side of my face (same side as piercing) in the upper two back teeth in my jaw. I saw the dentist three days later who confirmed I have an impacted wisdom tooth however it is on the BOTTOM jaw and not the TOP. I havent been to see the specialist yet however I find it hard to believe that an impacted wisdom tooth on my bottom teeth could be causing pain in the top two back teeth - so close to my piercing.

To touch the piercing itself (which i do not do often) is not too bad. It is not red and i have no problems with using a cue tip to massage the solution or salt in. I can sleep on it (probably shouldnt) and do not feel pain, though sometimes a dull ache. I have also had my belly button and tongue pierced (took tongue out) and two piercings in each of my lobes. I also have two tattoos.

On a pain scale - getting it done didn’t hurt that much at all (supposed to be the worst - though..i did fall asleep getting my tattoo done! hehe) - it is the dental pain that is KILLING me! Can’t get in to see the specialist for another two weeks. In the meantime I am drinking heaps of water, keeping the piercing clean, and taking a crap load of pain killers for my teeth. My dentist also put me on antibiotics for the wisdom tooth and said it wouldnt hurt my piercing either (i mentioned the pain to her - and she didn’t think that it would be from my piercing - though she was a dentist and not a dental surgeon).

Thoughts/suggestions/ideas? Have you ever heard of a Tragus piercing causing severe dental pain? I have heard of headaches for the first two to three weeks - but agonising dental pain? I don’t want to have my wisdom teeth ripped out for nothing! Hehe. I would appreciate if you could email

First thing first: throw out the Protat

Protat contains a harsh chemical additive that’s very dehydrating and damaging to newly forming skin cells. It should not be used at all, or even the amount of times most Australian piercers are suggesting.

The only thing you should be doing is the salt water soaks and even then, that requires a precise measurement of water and salt. Or visit a chemist and obtain 0.9% Wound Irrigation Sterile Saline.

As for the pain you’re feeling, welcome to the world of impacted Wisdom Teeth. The pain will vary from individual to individual, but personally, my wisdom teeth made me feel like my head was going to explode. I had shooting pains and serious migraines and I do not recommend anyone go through what I had to go through, I was side-lined for almost 4 weeks after my wisdom teeth removal.

If you need your wisdom teeth removed, they have to be removed…And its very unlikely that getting your tragus pierced is what’s causing the dental pain, if you’ve had an actual dentist,etc confirm your wisdom teeth need removing.

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6 Responses to “Tragus VS Dental Pain”

  1. Hi Warren,

    Thank you for your prompt advice! I have to admit, that the day that i posted my comment - i stopped using the protat all together and kept with the salt. I’ve been soaking twice daily and am feeling a lot better.

    Piercing aside - I am ready to ask my boyfriend to knock me out and then get out the drill! Only one more week until I can see the surgeon…counting down.

    I am so pleased to hear that its not the Tragus! It is such a BEAUTIFUL piercing and there was no way i was going to get it removed (my belly button piercing was infected for four years and I had to be hospitalised - but it is STILL there - now beautifully healed and looking stunning!) Patience, ,patience.

    Thank you again!

    Methtienn on July 21st, 2008 at 3:39 am
  2. Hey - you know what is weird? I am stretching my ear, on the upper part of the lobe, sort of diagonally opposite my tragus. I have experienced severe dental pain after two of the stretches (4-5mm, 5-6mm) - I even mentioned it to my piercer. And I also have problem bottom wisdom teeth - maybe just a coincidence?! I had my traguses pierced recently though and they didn’t trigger the dental pain - so who knows!! I guess it could just be that little extra stress in the region that sets off an existing problem.

    almaxaquotal on July 21st, 2008 at 11:40 am
  3. Nerves are bundled together in the jaw and sometimes the responses get “crossed”. It’s called “referred pain” and a bad tooth in the bottom can shoot an ache to the top. This from someone who’s had a LOT of dental work and endo-surgeries (and referred pain).
    Having said that, I don’t believe any major nerves that serve around the teeth come off the tragus area.

    I’d be wiling to bet it’s that tooth aggravating some hot nerves and has nothing to do with the tragus.

    HereKittyKitty on July 22nd, 2008 at 11:07 pm
  4. Oh yeah, it is NOT only this girl’s wisdom teeth bothering her, it is also the piercing. I had the same thing hapen to me. The week after I had mine Tragus pierced it was 3 days of a bad headache and the jaw/tooth pain she is referring to. It’s funny, I had my rook pierced 2 years ago…painful getting it done, however, no pain afterwards at all. A very quick heal. After having my Tragus pierced now…I doubt that I will want to have anything else pierced ;).

    JoAnn on July 3rd, 2010 at 10:54 am
  5. I got my tragus and rook done all together. I have massive migraines now, but before my jaw hurt. Unfortunately my headaches won’t go away so I might just take my piercings out, even though I like them.

    Megan on November 12th, 2012 at 4:15 am
  6. Got my tragus pierced pain free and so happy! Two days later, dull achie pain in bottom jaw/teeth on same side, this prompted me to search for answers. After what Ive read Im going with a “yes”, there is a relationship between tragus piercing and tooth pain.
    Hope this helps solve a for someone else :)

    sherri rodriguez on July 23rd, 2013 at 5:44 am

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