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I had a tooth(molar) removed about four years ago. The problem I am facing now is that I sometimes feel a lot of pain( throbbing) at the site where the tooth was removed.My jaws also tend to be painful because I tend to use my back teeth for chewing. When my teeth throbe, I also feel some pain in my ear on the same side. Is there any connection? What could this be?

Anytime you experience pain in your jaw, you should see a dentist to have it examined and an xray taken. You may have a latent infection, abscess, or cyst or other development in the region of the extraction site, or perhaps in an adjacent tooth. Lower molars are in close proximity and extend from the mandibular nerve, which also has a branch to the ear, so it is very common for a toothache to cause an earache.


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