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does a tetnus shot cure tmj if u already have it?

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Dr. Paul Epstein
Dentistry 48 years experience
No: No.
Dr. Raj Upadya
Cosmetic Dentistry 24 years experience
No: The tetanus vaccine has no direct effect on the tmj; it stops the effects of the neurotoxin from the bacteria clostridium tetani. When present, it can cause spasm of muscles throughout the body, including the face, which is why it is called "lockjaw". Spasms of the muscles of mastication (chewing) can, however, be related to the tmj, and could benefit from muscle relaxants or TMJ therapy.
Dr. Fernando Juliao
Dentistry 30 years experience
Unfortunately no..: Unfortunately ..No! TMJ is a very complex problem that can come from many different sources, but i usually see TMJ problems in people that clench or grind their teeth when sleeping (they or their spouses won't even know it). Get evaluated by a dentist to identify if this may be occurring..
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
No: Tetanus shots are not used in TMJ treatment. You may be thinking about Botox or botulinum injections.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How long tetanus shot is good for?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
5-10 yrs: The tetanus shot we are use to is generally considered effective for older kids & adults for no less that 5 years in most situations and 10 for some. Infants with immature immune systems start a 6-8wks & are boosted every 2mo for 3 doses then at 12-15 mo for primary protection. Those whose activities(play or work) involve repeated incidental wounds may benefit from a booster after 5 yrs.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Who needs tetanus shot?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Everyone: Everyone should have a current booster. This is case of exposure to tetanus through skin breakage through rusty meta or some animal bites for example.
A 68-year-old member asked:

When is a tetanus shot needed?

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Every 10 years: Tetanus shots are recommended every 10 years for people older than 6 who have had the primary series. If you get a puncture wound or a wound that is contaminated with dirt or fecal material see your doctor or go to the er. Depending on your tetanus vaccine history you may need a booster shot. If you haven't had a booster with pertussis vaccine, it's recommended for your next one. It's called tdap.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How often should a normal healthy person get a tetanus shot?

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Dr. Robin Larabee
Pediatrics 26 years experience
10 years: The recommendation is every ten years.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How often should a person get a tetanus shot if he works outdoors, sort of a park ranger?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
I'd repeat every 5y: Effective protection depends on lifestyle. For the average person the coverage should be effective for 10 years if the primary series was completed earlier. If one walks in muddy streams, camps, hunts, works in the dirt a lot, i'd only count on 5 years before getting another booster.

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