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Question:
Ear and Throat Pain after Crowns: 3 days ago I had 6 crowns put on my front teeth and a deep cleaning in my upper right quadrant. I was in the dental chair for 4 hours.

I've been in pain since but today I have moderate to severe pain in my right ear and right side of my throat and have developed a cold sore on the right side of my lip.

6 days from now I am having 2 teeth removed on the right side. During the 4 hour appt 3 days ago I needed several shots of Novocaine and another local they used. It is very achy in the spots where the local was administeted.

I'm worried I have an infection but my teeth are only mildly uncomfortable. What could be the cause of the ear and throat pain? ... Visitor from San Diego

Answer:
Having your mouth open and extended for a few hours can cause temporary tmj discomfort.... which should disappear after a few days.

Muscle relaxants are sometimes prescribed to accelerate the return of normal tmj function. Minor irritations of the throat can also occur.

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