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Ear and jaw pain after extraction

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Posted by: looking4treatment  (9 years ago)
Hello there!

I had a tooth removed five days ago. The dentist had a hard time pulling it out. The tooth did not come in one piece. During the procedure, it felt like my jawbone was breaking. Now, I am experiencing extreme pain in my left ear and jaw.

Did they damage my jaw? If so, what should I do about it? Please help. I can’t sleep at night because of the pain. Thanks.
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Posted by: mdhola  (9 years ago)
Dear,
Few times, it is possible that your jaw joints get traumatized due to force being applied during extraction and also due to wide mouth opening for longer period of time. However, a experienced dentist always make sure to support the jaw either with bite-block or manually with hand and should avoid excessive force. Mild jaw joint pain after extraction is common, however, if you are experiencing severe pain, i would definitely advise you to revisit your dentist in order to rule out other possible complications of extraction. Also try to avoid excessive mouth-opening, moist heat to get symptomatic relief until you see your dentist.
Hope it will help you!
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Hello there!

I had a tooth removed five days ago. The dentist had a hard time pulling it out. The tooth did not come in one piece. During the procedure, it felt like my jawbone was breaking. Now, I am experiencing extreme pain in my left ear and jaw.

Did they damage my jaw? If so, what should I do about it? Please help. I can’t sleep at night because of the pain. Thanks.


You would know it if you had a broken jaw. Whenever a tooth is extracted surgically, there are disturbing cracking noises. Those are the sounds of ligamental attachments breaking.

Pain around the ear post-op is many times a symptom of "dry socket." The dentist who did the extraction should check for that.
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