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Is lockjaw caused by wisdom tooth surgery?

Is lockjaw caused by wisdom tooth surgery?

No: True "lockjaw" is something very seldom seen anymore. It is a very serious result of a life threatening tetanus infection. Most of us receive tetanus vaccine, and also get a tetanus booster if there has been a potentially dirty injury or puncture to the skin. ...Read more

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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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I just took two Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 for my wisdom tooth surgery. It doesn't help with my pain so can I take 2 advils or would that cause an overdose?

I just took two Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 for my wisdom tooth surgery. It doesn't help with my pain so can I take 2 advils or would that cause an overdose?

Usually ok: Advil has ibuprofen, a different ingredient that is not in Tylenol (acetaminophen) #3. Advil contains no narcotic. Thus, it is usually fine to take Advil for pain if a person is also taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) #3 for pain. If worried, one can ask the oral surgeon who did the extraction. ...Read more

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Suggestions for before and after wisdom tooth surgery?

Suggestions for before and after wisdom tooth surgery?

Instructions: Before: Make sure mouth is as healthy as possible. Brush 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock. make sure you floss daily. Reduce the bacterial load. Arter: Your Surgeon will have written instructions. Follow them to the letter. ...Read more

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How can I stay calm during an upcoming wisdom tooth surgery?

How can I stay calm during an upcoming wisdom tooth surgery?

You are expressing f: there is nothing to be afraid at all as long as you are going to a board certified oral surgeons. They are expert. Talk to them about your concern. Few years ago I was at a seminar of a very famous public motivational speaker. I will never forget what he said. He said FEAR means Falls Evidence Appearing Real. Relax good luck. ...Read more

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Please help! I am having wisdom tooth surgery tommorow, any tips?

Please help! I am having wisdom tooth surgery tommorow, any tips?

Wisdom Teeth: Be sure that you are accompanied by a family member or friend who can help you get home, especially if you are being "put to sleep" during the procedure. After removal, no smoking! have otc painkillers at home (preferably aspirin) if you do not want to take the prescribed medication with codeine. Finally, if you are having general anesthesia, abstain from food or liquids for 6 hrs prior. ...Read more

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Can i smoke weed the night before wisdom tooth surgery?

Can i smoke weed the night before wisdom tooth surgery?

Discuss with dentist: You should discuss this with the dentist who will be doing the extractions. There may be interactions between the "weed" and the medication that the dentist intends to use. The safest thing to do is not to smoke for a few days before the extraction since the amount of "weed" in your system can vary depending on the quality of the product. Unlike prescription drugs, weed is unregulated. ...Read more

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How long does it to heal after impacted wisdom tooth surgery?

How long does it to heal after impacted wisdom tooth surgery?

Days to weeks: Symptoms of pain and fullness in the affected region usually subside in a few days with appropriate pain medications, but the actual healing of the gum tissue takes a few weeks to seal. ...Read more

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Wisdom tooth surgery decision coming up--i worry it wont help!?

Wisdom tooth surgery decision coming up--i worry it wont help!?

It should: Wisdom teeth are typically removed because they're impacted - or crowded in together. Removal should allow more room in the back of your mouth for your teeth to grow in. ...Read more

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