A 39-year-old member asked:
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how do you prevent locked jaw after wisdom teeth removal..?

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Dr. Bruce Pope
44 years experience Dentistry
What is ..: "lockjaw" why do you think it is associated with extraction of wisdom teeth? When i think of lock jaw, the the chondyle of the jaw has moved anterior to a position forward of its normal "socket". While it can be manually replaced, more often when the victim stops panicking and relaxes the chondyle slips back on its own.
Answered on May 6, 2016
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Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Locked?: Not sure what you mean by "locked". If you mean the natural temporary limited oral opening after surgery. Use ice, head elavation, jaw exercises and other recommendations of your oral surgeon. If you mean you have a TMJ problem and you're concerned about your TMJ locking after surgery, make sure your surgeon is a board certified oral surgeon - he/she is used to managing these problems.
Answered on Apr 4, 2015

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