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Jaw Pain Ask The Dentist Corinne Scalzitti Question:
Lower Jaw Pain: My father is 63 and is a cancer survivor and had extensive chemo and radiation about 20 yrs ago.

For the past 3 weeks he has had lower jaw pain from the front to back teeth and describes it as an intense ache. The dentist said it will go away and his teeth are just sensitive.

The problem is just getting worse.

He has had jaw bone deterioration due to his treatments and has had teeth pulled, etc., but no work on the side that is bothering him. His dentist has done x-rays and nothing shows up out of the ordinary.

What could this be? Could this be something specific? Could it be an absess...do they show up on x-rays? ...Visitor from TX

I would like to have your father see an oral surgeon.

I don't know if a panorex x-ray that goes all the way around his head has been taken, but this may show more bone that typical dental x-rays.

Whatever the case, your father has a complex history and the pain should be examined thoroughly.

An oral surgeon is specially trained to see bony problems that may be overlooked by a general dentist. I hope that something serious is not found, but it just makes sense to explore all possibilities.

Corinne Scalzitti, DMD, MAGD

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