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ear and jaw pain after crown

I had a crown procedure 3 weeks ago today on my very last bottom tooth and am still suffering from incredible pain in my ear and jaw.  I have been to urgent care and returned to the dentist.  She performed an xray and said the tooth is fine.  I was first given Valium and Aleve for relief.  The relief from this treatment last about 1 hour and the severe pain returned.  I was then put on flexoril which takes the "edge" off for a couple of hours.  I have switched to ibuprofen which has provided more relief than the Aleve.  The dentist says that I have muscle spasms in my jaw and this should go away.  I am still miserable and finding it difficult to function.  Could I have damage to my nerve or something?  I was at the dentist for approximately 5 hours for the procedure and received multiple injections.


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Your problem probably results from occlusal interference of new crown.If your dentist can adjust bite optimally,youmay need to see an occlusionist or prosthodontist.
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My dentist said my bite is perfect.  Perhaps I should get a second opinion???
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I have had the exact same problem except on the opposite side of the crown.  I believe it has nothing to do with allergic reaction, no infection, or anything to do with the bite. I believe it is nerve pain.  My husband has it in the jaw and ear severely and they put him on Neurontin.  It has completely STOPPED ALL OF THE PAIN.  I think your mouth is held open for so long and there were tons of injections given to me, including one in the jawbone itself, because I wouldn't numb up.  No dental work was performed on my right side, but now ALL OF THE PAIN is on the right.  I have never experienced this before and I have several crowns.  I think the nerves are hit so many times while doing a crown that it shoots across the jaw bone, down into the throat and also to the ear.  Try Neurontin. I think you will see a world of difference.  Mine was so bad, I couldn't open my mouth and chew. Ibuprofen is the ONLY thing that takes away the pain. Narcotics do not work.  Goodluck.
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