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Radiating jaw - ear - head pain: I am 69 years old. About 2 months ago I had a lower molar extracted with the intention of having an implant.

It was a difficult extraction by my regular dentist. The socket seemed to heal well, but recently I have experienced pain in my jaw that radiates to my ear and head.

What could be causing this? It is interfering with my daily life and sleep. ...Visitor from IL

Answer:
There are several possibilities that could cause the pain you described.

Is the pain worse in the morning? If so, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth which could result in radiating pain.

If the pain occurred several months after the tooth was extracted, it may be pulpitis in another tooth.

In some cases the pain radiates from a tooth in the upper arch. A thorough history and examination is required to diagnose the cause of the pain. Have you asked your dentist what the cause could be?

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