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Dental Implant Pain Ask The Prosthodontist Christopher McFarland Question:
Implant pain: I've got 10 implants - 8 on my lower jaw. 2 weeks ago I had to have the last one on the lower left removed. It was well integrated and very hard to remove. I was in alot of pain and we thought this was the problem.

However, the implant next to it is positively killing me all the way into my jaw. My general dentist took a CT scan and he thinks there is an irregular area. It's dark around the implant.

The oral surgeon says there is nothing wrong. Implant site is fine! There is scar tissue and trauma from removing the other implant. My general dentist recommended removing it but my oral surgeon says no.

I'm so confused! Help! I have asthma, dm, celiac, iga deficiency. ... Visitor from NJ

Answer:
Sorry to hear you are having so many problems.

This is quite unusual for implants especially once they have integrated. You don't mention how long they were in place or why the one had to be removed but in my experience, pain comes only from two sources.

One is if the implant is too close to the mandibular nerve, but one usually sees numbness to the lip as much as pain.

The second reason is if the soft tissue can't be maintained and swelling keeps the area tender.

I might be tempted to get an independent opinion. If both dentists are significantly invested in your case, sometimes it's hard to see how to get from where you are to where you need to be.

A cat scan on the jaws would also answer any questions about the location of the implants and if that played a role in your discomfort. I hope this helps.

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

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