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Question:
Three months ago I had a wisdom tooth removed on my lower jaw and it was fine for a week.

Then I was eating one day and heard a big crack so I returned to the dentist and they said it probably just went back into place.

Now, 4 months after I have been on antibiotics and pain killers it is just getting worse. It seens like a burning sensation and it hurts bad to eat and talk I feel I can't open my mouth wide.

What do you think it could be? ...Visitor from Canada

Answer:
It is likely that the removal of your wisdom tooth changed your occlusion.

The crack you heard was probably generated by the tmj joint. It is suprising your dentist hasn't referred you to a tmj or neuromuscular specialist.

The pain and discomfort are signs that suggest a significant dysfunction of the jawjoint. If there are symptoms involving the extraction site specifically.... additional treatments may be needed.

If the occlusion is at fault, treatment to restore the "bite level" you had before the extraction shouldn't be difficult.

Watch the videos we have in the Neuromuscular section of our video libary. Try to find a dentist who has access to one or more of these technologies that will lead to an accurate diagnosis (rather than a "guess') and appropriate treatment.

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