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Can lockjaw be caused by dental infections?

Can lockjaw be caused by dental infections?

Possible: Often limited opening can be related to disc problems in the tm joint or spasm in the muscles of mastication. ...Read more

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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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Does the wisdom teeth surgery cause lockjaw?

Does the wisdom teeth surgery cause lockjaw?

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. ...Read more

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Is it common to have lockjaw after 2 weeks of wisdom teeth extraction?

Is it common to have lockjaw after 2 weeks of wisdom teeth extraction?

Possible: It is possible to have muscle or TMJ soreness for several weeks following extractions that would make it difficult to open your jaw. It is also possible that there could be infection. You need to go back to the person who removed your teeth for a follow up if this is happening. ...Read more

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I had my wisdom teeth out 6 days ago and still swollen and my right side hurts worse. I can only open my mouth to fit two fingers in.i have lockjaw?

I had my wisdom teeth out 6 days ago and  still swollen and my right side hurts worse. I can only open my mouth to fit two fingers in.i have lockjaw?

Sounds Pretty Normal: Often because of the original swelling and possibly infection caused by the wisdom teeth coupled with the manipulation that the surgeon did getting them out; swelling and inability to open wide can result. Drink plenty of fluids, take the antibiotics and painkillers your surgeon had prescribed for you. You should be be better in about ten days. If you have fever, more pain or discharge call him ...Read more

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Could i get my wisdom teeth removed with lockjaw!?

It depends: I'm not sure what you are defining as lockjaw. If you mean that you can't open your mouth at all then obviously the surgeon can't get to the area and have the room to remove the teeth. If you have minimal opening then the same may apply. You need to see a surgeon and have them exam and determine if the teeth can be removed safely. ...Read more

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What to do if I have closed lockjaw and I'm getting my wisdom teeth removed next week?

What to do if I have closed lockjaw and I'm getting my wisdom teeth removed next week?

Call the surgeon: Call the surgeon who will be treating you and ask that question. That is what you should do. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have closed lockjaw and i'm getting my wisdom teeth removed next week?

What do you suggest if I have closed lockjaw and i'm getting my wisdom teeth removed next week?

Let surgeon know: The surgeon should know about your condition before the appointment so that your condition can be addressed. ...Read more

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I read that your jaw or your teeth will die from lack of movement and i'll get lockjaw. Is that true?

I read that your jaw or your teeth will die from lack of movement and i'll get lockjaw. Is that true?

FALSE: I'm not sure where you read that, but it's not true. You move your jaw everytime you eat. If you don't eat and drink you will die. Lockjaw is caused by the toxin of a specific bacteria and is rare in the United States. ...Read more

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What seriousness can dental infection cause ?

What seriousness can dental infection cause ?

Death: Before the advent of antibiotics, abscessed upper front teeth were one of the leading causes of death. Spreading infections have caused so much swelling that it has closed airways. These are extreme examples, but even smaller infections cause low grade systemic infections. Antibiotics will lessen the severity of the infection. ...Read more

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Lockjaw (Definition)

Lockjaw is a condition where the jaw is unable to be opened due to constant spasm of the muscle caused by infection with the tetanus bacteria. Muscles in the rest of the body ...Read more


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