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Can Lockjaw Be Caused By Dental Infections
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
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
I read that your jaw or your teeth will die from lack of movement and i'll get lockjaw. Is that true?
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 moreGet help from a doctor now ›
Dental infection: Yes, it could if it is bad enough. It could also cause a red rash or line in the area which is usually very serious. Once this happens the bacteria is spreading throughout the body causing septicemia and can even cause death from septic shock. If you are on antibiotics for the infection, your itching and rash could be a side effect of the antibiotics. I would seek care from your dentist ASAP. ...Read moreGet help from a doctor now ›
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