A 40-year-old member asked:
why is my tmj worse after wisdom teeth removal?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered
44 years experience Dentistry
Wide opening: When wisdom teeth are removed, the mandible (lower jaw) is stretched out wider than usual for the dentist/oral surgeon to extract the teeth. Depending upon the removal process (surgical or not, ) the duration of the procedure may also affect the muscles/tmj complex. I would see the dr. Who removed the teeth asap.
Answered on Dec 11, 2013
Dr. Louis Gallia answered
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Likely transient: You can get a TMJ problem after wisdom tooth removal , so obviously any pre-existing TMJ problem can be aggravated. But in most cases, the aggravation is temporary. Make sure your oral surgeon/dentist is aware of the problem so it can be monitored/treated.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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