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Painful jaw, canker sores on cheeks. Herpes? Why headache? Is it sun burn?

Hi, after dinner last to last Saturday, i.e. on September 8th, I came home and started feeling pain in my jaw, and felt like I had canker sores in the inner mucosa of my left cheek. In the morning I felt pain in my left jaw, left cheek bone, left temple/ headache . This continued for several days, and after 6 days I went to the doctor who could not see the sores on my inner left cheek but saw some white patch. On the 9th day, I went to see a dentist , who was able to scrape off some of the white stuff and see some sores that she said could be herpes but the primary care doctor said it didn t look like herpes. Nonetheless, the dentist said that my lower left wisdom tooth looked impacted with some infection and she sent me to an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon took some x-rays, saw the impacted wisdom tooth that was coming out at an angle, there was a gap in between, and there was some redness. He saw the cheek sores that he said looked like I had been biting on the cheek, (all doctors asked me whether I had been biting on my cheek too), and he said that the white stuff on top could be just white keretonin layer kind of like on the skin when we wash with soap water. The dentist had also said that the white stuff, some of which peeled off and some of it didn t, was kind of like a sun burn when the top most layer peels off and the layers in the bottom are still stuck on the skin. The sores were 9-10 days old by the time I went to see the dentist, and they don t hurt as much. My headache persists and it is excruciating. Everyone has been saying that the headache (and the jaw and cheek pain all on the same left side as the impacted wisdom tooth) is because of the impacted and infected wisdom tooth. The wisdom tooth itself does not pain but the gum area around it hurts/is sore to touch (like when the doctor tapped at it with a stick!) I ve read online about trigemnial neuralgia and when I asked the oral surgeon (not the dentist) whether the impacted/infected wisdom tooth could cause headache, he said no. The dentist and primary care doctor and pretty much all my family and friends are saying that the headache on the temple could be because of the tooth. I m quite confused. Please help.
Asked On : Sun, 23 Sep 2012
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