I got a couple of shots of novacaine when I got a small filling filled last August. After that I started experiencing jaw pain and had difficult chewing some foods and even chewing gum. (I love to chew gum). Six weeks later, I returned to my dentist and explained my problem. I really thought it had something to do with the novacaine because the injection site was sore for a few days. He took another xray and said he thinks my body may be rejecting a tooth because it appears that the root of the tooth wasn't as deep. He said this could be my problem. I am still experiencing random jaw pain (even when I am not chewing anything), and still can't chew gum. I am returning to my dentist next week and I'll see what he says and if another xray shows anything. I'm not going to let him pull my tooth without a second opinion. Could there be some other reason I am experiencing this pain? Could an infection last this long? If I press down by the middle of my ear (by my face), I experience pain. Help!
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