Upper Jaw Surgery Pain 18 Years Later

I had upper jaw surgery 18 years ago. Over the last few weeks I have been having pain in my upper jaw on the right side near my ear. It's getting worse, stabbing and shooting pain. It gets worse when I chew. Should I be concerned or can I do anything for it?.... I also had surgery on my tongue and chin the same summer as my upper jaw surgery and also had all 4 of my wisdom removed

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Answer: Upper jaw surgery and pain

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Having pain in your jaw or near you ear is not normal and you should have it checked out.  It could be an issue with your temporomandibular joint, or a side effect from your previous surgeries.  An oral surgeon can take a panoramic x-ray or a CT scan in order to see the joint, condyles and surround bone to be sure there are no abnormalities.  Preventative measure can be taken in order to reduce inflammation in the area if necessary and restore you to normal function without pain. 

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