Dental surgery and chronic ear pain

by Lisa

I had dental surgery to have an upper left molar removed, the fall of 2010. Within a few months of that I developed a bad left sided earache and slight tenterness in my left side of neck and left back of neck. Doctors say my ears are fine. Many tests have been done including MRI's, CT scans and throat tests. My left jaw and front of face by my left ear is tender when pressure is put on it and I may be grinding or clenching at night. Sometimes I wake up and have bitten my cheek or tongue. It has been just over a year and I still have an earache that doesn't go away. Thinking it might be from TMJ?

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Jan 10, 2012
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Fight inflamation
by: Nick

I am beginning to notice that a lot of TMJ is actually caused by dental procedures. Laying back with your dentist wrestling out a molar or ripping off an old crown is trauma enough to tip you over the edge.I suspect you have already taken a few bottles of pain killers for inflammation. Time to try some holistic diet methods to reduce whole body inflammation. Skip the sugar and red meat. Try some vegan for a couple of months. The worst it will do is lose you some weight.

Dec 26, 2011
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ear ache after surgery
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Lisa,

It is possible when a back tooth is extracted that, that same side jaw joint closes a bit further up into the joint. This can pinch or cause pain in the joint.

Wear a night guard at night, and that should solve the problem for night time. Then during the day, you should be fine. If not, then contact your dentist to replace that tooth to prevent the condyle from closing too much in the joint.

Sincerely,

Dr. Spainhower

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