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When will the stiffness of my jaw go away after wisdom teeth surgery?

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Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Wisdom Teeth: The stiffness in your jaw is called trismus, and it's very common after the surgical removal of wisdom teeth. The duration of trismus depends on many factors, including the amount of surgery required, the amount of bone removed, any medications prescribed, and your compliance with instructions. However, usually the trismus resolves after a couple of weeks. If it does not, see your oral surgeon!
Dr. Steven Koos
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Usually: Within a few weeks at most. Some individuals are more susceptible to range of motion issues post procedure than others. The procedure typically lasts about 35-45 minutes with your mouth open maximally without any pause. Even if you did not have teeth removed and stayed open that wide for that long you would have some rom issues, muscular soreness and stiffness within the tmjs.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Yes, Usually within a week or two. If it persists, see oral surgeon.

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Last updated Apr 9, 2015

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