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A 32-year-old member asked:

after a wisdom tooth extraction i have a stiff jaw and can't open my mouth?

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Dr. Debi Williams
Dentistry 26 years experience
Depends upon time : Depends upon how long ago you had your tooth extracted. It is normal to have stiffness, swelling and inability to open your mouth 24-48 hours after a wisdom tooth extraction...If it has been longer than two days please contact the dentist or oral surgeon who extracted your tooth.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Trismus: It can happen. Time, moist heat and jaw opening exercises can help.

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