Are you suffering from ongoing or frequent neck pain, but can’t figure out what the cause is — but then you’re wondering if it can be your wisdom teeth?

“Wisdom teeth alone do not cause neck pain,” says Marco L. Tironi, DDS, who practices dentistry in Rochester, MI.

“With that being said, wisdom teeth can often cause jaw and muscle pain due to their location and proximity to your gums, neighboring teeth and nerves,” explains Dr. Tironi.

“This type of pain caused from wisdom teeth does have the potential to radiate to your neck and other muscles of the face.

“If you are experiencing this type of pain, it is best to have it evaluated by an experienced dentist who treats head, neck and jaw pain as well as TMJ disorders (as this may be a factor).”

Neck pain has many possible causes including temporomandibular joint disorder, which your dentist can diagnose.

A member of the Academy of General Dentistry, Dr. Tironi is trained in sedation dentistry, dental implantology, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.