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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

Dr. Randall Stastny
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Lockjaw (Definition)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockjaw Variety of causes, all serious. See a TMJ expert for guidance. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your ...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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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 is the best way to fix lockjaw after wisdom teeth extraction?

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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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 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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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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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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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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Can a dental infection cause bodily itching?

Can a dental infection cause bodily itching?

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 more

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Can a dental infection cause vertigo?

Can a dental infection cause vertigo?

Yes: I have seen vertigo show up from a dental infection before, but very rarely and typically only in severe cases. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a dental infection cause liver enzymes to elevate?

Please tell me, could a dental infection cause liver enzymes to elevate?

Probably : Not. However the drugs you may be taking that are detoxified in the liver may especially prescription narcotics and some non prescription pain killers. Please see your dentist and have the infection treated. ...Read more

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Would dental infection cause sweinf behind ear lymph nides?

Would dental infection cause sweinf behind ear lymph nides?

Possibly: See your Dentist to rule out infection of teeth and supporting tissues. See your PCP to rule out ear or other infection. ...Read more

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How does dental infection cause engorgement of facial veins?

How does dental infection cause engorgement of facial veins?

In my opinion: Dental infection should not cause engorgement of facial veins. Are we talking unilateral or bilateral? If concerned see you doctor or ask the dentist if someting like this does exist.... ...Read more

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My gum got injured during dental impression.The DA purposely hurt me with a wrong size tray.Could that damage my tooth nerve & cause me gum infection??

My gum got injured during dental impression.The DA purposely hurt me with a wrong size tray.Could that damage my tooth nerve & cause me gum infection??

The: Dental assistant tries to use the smallest tray that will do the job because an over large tray will extend too far back and make you wretch or gag. Often the contour of the bone under the gums is such that a very slightly too small tray will dig into the gum. (S)he was trying to make you more comfortable, not hurt you on purpose.
At the most, your gum was scratched. It will heal quickly. ...Read more

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Can my dental bridge cause infection in my brain?

Can my dental bridge cause infection in my brain?

No: A dental bridge is an artificial device supported by teeth to either stabilize mobile teeth, replace missing teeth or improve esthetics. The only way an infection is going to occur is if there is a problem with one or several of the supporting teeth. If a tooth infection especially in the upper jaw goes uncheck for awhile worse case scenario the infection can migrate to the brain. ...Read more

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Can dental braces cause infections in body? If yes how can we test that a orthodentic bracket is causing infection or allergy in body.please suggest!

Can dental braces cause infections in body? If yes how can we test that a orthodentic bracket is causing infection or allergy in body.please suggest!

Not likely, but: is a possibility. The bacteria from an infected gums travels through the blood stream to other areas/organs of the body can cause bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) can also make you generally ill. With a good oral hygiene, brushing, flossing and professional cleaning this will never happen. ...Read more

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Is there a some definitive method to find infection or some inflammatory markers in blood caused by bad dental health? Dentist don´t recognize all.

Is there a some definitive method to find infection or some inflammatory markers in blood caused by bad dental health? Dentist don´t recognize all.

No Need: A comprehensive clinical and radiographic examination will detect problems. All blood work will show is evidence of infection (elevated WBC) but not directly pointing to mouth without exam. Both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria can be found in mouth with poor dental health. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a dental infection to cause swollen lymph nodes under the arm?

Is it possible for a dental infection to cause swollen lymph nodes under the arm?

See a doctor: It is very unlikely but if you have an infected tooth than you need to see a dentist. You must also see a doctor for your swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more

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Will amoxicillin cause Stephen Johnson syndrome I going to family dr face swollen I think tooth infection but med phobic bad and dental phobia ?

Will amoxicillin cause Stephen Johnson syndrome I going to family dr face swollen I think tooth infection but med phobic bad and dental phobia ?

Probably Not : Stephens-Johnson syndrome is a rare disease that affects fewer than six people per million per year.
Unless you have had SJS before, with amoxicillin or another drug, the chances you will get it are vanishingly small. See your dentist immediately. Perhaps he can treat you without giving you an antibiotic. He can definitely avoid amoxicillin if this is a worry for you. Good luck ...Read more

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I am a 20 year old female and had a root canal. Could a spread dental infection cause tingling in the cheek, near the infected tooth and on tongue and lips?

Yes: Some teeth are near areas where an infection can affect a neighboring nerve. This is especially the case in lower premolars where a nerve provides sensation to the lower lip. Your root canal treated tooth should be evaluated for a possible recurrence of infection by a general dentist or endodontist. ...Read more

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Can dental problems cause an ear infection? I know it can cause ear pain, but it feels like i had liquid in my ear. The pain started a few days after a bad tooth infection. Can this be related?

Can dental problems cause an ear infection? I know it can cause ear pain, but it feels like i had liquid in my ear. The pain started a few days after a bad tooth infection. Can this be related?

Yes: A dental infection can spread to your ears. The infection should be treated as soon as possible. Please see your dentist or family doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can poor oral hygiene/dental care cause ear infections, elevated bp, reduced feeling in the feet, and choking sensations?

Can poor oral hygiene/dental care cause ear infections, elevated bp, reduced feeling in the feet, and choking sensations?

Dental: Yes; poor dental hygiene releases a host of infections and decreases the body's ability to fight infections and respond to stressors properly, leading to elevated BP and infections anywhere in the body. ...Read more

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Can wisdom teeth coming in cause lock jaw?

Can wisdom teeth coming in cause lock jaw?

Very common: Trismus is usually caused by inflammation due to swelling from the wisdom teeth impaction. ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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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