Need help: Destrehan, La

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    I had two dental titanium implants placed in my left lower jaw, the procedure began in June 2014 with the screws being placed and at some time there was cadaver bone used for build up. After the initial visit of the screws being placed, I did develop an infection in the area in which my left cheek was swollen and hard, I was given antibiotics by my dentist. The Teeth were put in and the process was complete in January 2015. Two months later on March 19th 2015 I suddenly got a huge horrible headache on the left side of my head at 1:30 pm. I was not sick, was not feeling bad, just suddenly contracted the worst headache I had ever had. Today is Sept. 2nd 2016, and I still have that same headache. I have not gone a day without it. I have been checked from head to toe, every body system, every scan, I am healthy. I am seeing the best Neurologist in my area at Ochsner Hospital who specializes in Headaches and he cannot find what is causing my headache. I have no headache history. Now I am wondering if I should have these implants removed? Who should I go to in my area to have them removed? My area is New Orleans. I am at the end of my rope with this pain. There are no medications that help it. I have to do something.
    In your opinion , does it sound like it was caused by the implants? I had no headache before the implants? Could my body be reacting to the titanium? My headache is only on the left side of my head, my implants are on my left lower jaw.
    My dentist is a General and Cosmetic Dentist with years of experience.He knows about my situation, but does not think the implants are related. My Neurologist thinks that if my dentist damaged a facial nerve along the jaw bone while drilling , it could trigger headache pain. So he is thinking of numbing the facial nerve along the jaw bone to see if it helps my headache. But now I am wondering if I should just get the implants removed. I just don’t know what to do and I want and need the pain to stop! Please Help! ASAP!


    I’d be guided by the advice of your neurologist if he thinks numbing the facial nerve could help relieve your headache. If the nerve has been damaged during implant insertion, then removing the dental implants might not necessarily relieve the pain. I’d see if numbing the nerve is helpful first, before making any decision about removing the dental implants.

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