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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Call the surgeon: Call the surgeon who will be treating you and ask that question. That is what you should do. ...Read more
Let surgeon know: The surgeon should know about your condition before the appointment so that your condition can be addressed. ...Read more
I read that your jaw or your teeth will die from lack of movement and i'll get lockjaw. Is that true?
Wisdom teeth (right up & low) extracted on 8th Apr by surgeon drilling lower jaw. 12 days over, lockjaw, hard lump on lower jaw & possibly pus (salty)?
Common: Pretty common with a surgical wisdom tooth and at this time you are going though normal issues with hard lumps etc but I am concerned about the lockjaw and the hard lump at the sometime. I would go back for an evaluation via the dentist or oral surgeon that did the work. No worries ...Read more
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