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Question:
My mom is 77 years old and had implants on lower jaw 15 years ago. No known problems with them but for the last year or so she has had terrible pain (she calls headaches) lower jaw, neck, top of head tender to touch etc.

They come on fast and hard and growing to 3 a day now. She has had a catscan and other various tests that show nothing. So the Drs. have put it down to age and disintegration of the neck. I don't think so, I watch her pain and really think in my own opinion this could be from a shift in her jawline from ageing and the implant posts hitting nerves. Could I be on the right track?

Answer:
It sounds to me like a TMJ compression problem. Go see a prosthodontist or TMJ specialist who can check the bite with x-rays and occlusal analysis. If you can't find someone in your area, let me know and I will find someone for you. It is not easy to find these type of professionals who can treat jaw compression problems.

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