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Dr. j BARRY Stovall
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Can lockjaw be caused by dental infections?

Dr. j BARRY Stovall
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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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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


Dr. Ronald Achong
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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Does the wisdom teeth surgery cause lockjaw?

Dr. Ronald Achong
Board Certified, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
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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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Dr. Dominick Curalli
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Is it common to have lockjaw after 2 weeks of wisdom teeth extraction?

Dr. Dominick Curalli
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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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Dr. Robert Douglas
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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?

Dr. Robert Douglas
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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?

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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Dr. Harvey Shandler
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Could i get my wisdom teeth removed with lockjaw!?

Dr. Harvey Shandler
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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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Dr. Gary Sandler
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What to do if I have closed lockjaw and I'm getting my wisdom teeth removed next week?

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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What do you suggest if I have closed lockjaw and i'm getting my wisdom teeth removed next week?

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Board Certified, Dentistry
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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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Dr. Paul Grin
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What is the best way to fix lockjaw after wisdom teeth extraction?

Dr. Paul Grin
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What is the best way to fix lockjaw after wisdom teeth extraction?

Trismus: The most common complication after wisdom tooth extraction is trismus also called lockjaw, spasm and tightness in the jaw muscles. The best treatment is moist heat and jaw exercises. If concerned, see your surgeon for eval. ...Read more

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Dr. Gary Sandler
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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?

Dr. Gary Sandler
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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?

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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Dr. David May
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What seriousness can dental infection cause ?

Dr. David May
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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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