A 29-year-old member asked:
does the wisdom teeth surgery cause lockjaw?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani answered
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 answered
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 answered
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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