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The bone on the left side of my face is tender to the touch. Is it zygomatic arch ?

The bone on the left side of myface directly by my left ear is tender to the touch. I think this may be my zygomatic arch but I am not sure. Is there cause for concern? I have had several dental implant surgeries total of 12) on both my upper and lower and teeth and have been fortunate enough to have the best prosthodontist and periodontist . Just wanted to know if this was related.
Fri, 22 Apr 2011
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As you have said that the bone directly to your ear is tender so there are chances of this being cos of some problem with your temperomandibular joint (TMJ). Generally the zygomatic arch is not involved with such symptoms unless there is some history of trauma and is rarely damaged cos of implant placement.
It will be better if you can provide with some more details related to the tenderness like the nature of pain, is it continuous? does it increase during chewing food? does it go on its own? is there any history of trauma?
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