A 29-year-old member asked:
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does the wisdom teeth surgery cause lockjaw?

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Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
10 years experience Pain Management
Depends: During surgery to remove a wisdom tooth, the jaw has to stay open for an extended period of time and can result in a locked jaw. Taking a few precautions (warm compresses, muscle relaxant prior to the surgery, taking breaks during the surgery) can counter this problem.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Ronald Achong
17 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Unlikely: Usually not. In our office we support the jaw joints so that this will prevent the jaws from locking. Furthermore, an oral surgeon is very efficient and fast at removing wisdom teeth safely. Hence, a short procedure time will also prevent lockjaw or any TMJ issues.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
No, but: No, but one of the recognized complications. A kind of TMJ problem. See oral surgeon for best results with wisdom teeth. See TMJ specialist if you have developed this complication.
Answered on Oct 7, 2016

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No: True "lockjaw" is something very seldom seen anymore. It is a very serious result of a life threatening tetanus infection. Most of us receive tetanus ... Read More
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Dr. Harvey Shandler
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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Call the surgeon: Call the surgeon who will be treating you and ask that question. That is what you should do.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Let surgeon know: The surgeon should know about your condition before the appointment so that your condition can be addressed.

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