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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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Dealing with Wisdom Teeth (Checklist)

See dentist/oral surgeon for evaluation
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Have wisdom teeth extracted if unable to maintain or impacted
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Take NSAIDs if dealing with pain/swelling from wisdom teeth
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Rinse with warm salt water if experiencing gum swelling around teeth.
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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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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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Getting Straight Teeth (Checklist)

See an orthodontist
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See a dentist trained In cosmetic dentistry
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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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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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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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