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Dental Implants Ask The Dentist Christopher McFarland Question:
Ear pain after implants: I had upper and lower implants placed on each side 3 months ago.

One upper was placed after extraction into the socket which caused me pain afterwards. 9 weeks later my dentist removed a shard of bone.

By now I have had ear pain on that side. After one week I returned and he cut the gums to place screws on the outside of the implants even though I felt uneasy.

He assured me that my ear pain should go but it is actually now a horrible burning sensation and is now in both ears.

I am scared to go back I have lost confidence but am in middle of treatment. Also I have to have a stitch removed in my lower jaw. Please help ... Visitor from United Kingdom

Answer:
Unfortunately, I don't really have much to go on with your description.

All I can come up with is possible TMJ symptoms related to a poor temporary bite or a problem with overclosure. After this much time it shouldn't be related to the implants themselves.

You need to go back and explain your symptoms again with the understanding that the current situation is not acceptable without some reasons why this pain is temporary and why it will go away.

I understand it is difficult to proceed with such a large project when you are unsure of the success of the final product, but at this point, it would be difficult to have someone else pick up in the midst of treatment.

Christopher McFarland, DMD
Atlanta Prosthodontist - Periodontist
2530 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur - Duluth - Atlanta, GA
(770) 492-0256

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