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I had corrective jaw surgery 11 years ago.  I had an under-bite, so the surgeon broke my jaw, moved it forward, and put in screws to hold in place.
For the past year now, I have had pain in my right ear, as well as pain on the right side of my throat.  I also know that the screw on the right side has pierced through to my inner gums near my back tooth.  It is painful to touch, but more painful with my ear and throat.  How serious is this problem?
What advise do you have for me?  I have not seen this surgeon in years and have moved 4 hours away from that area I had the surgery.
Thank you

Carrie - There are a number of possible causes for the pains you are now experiencing.  Ideally seeing the surgeon is probably best, but there are probably other surgeons near you that should be able to define the causes of the problem.  

If you are unaware of board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon near you, get back to me and tell me where you live specifically.  I will send you names of appropriate doctors to evaluate you now  

With the pain you are enduring, I'd like you to be examined soon before other processes possibly develop.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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