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Is Lockjaw Contagious
Tetanus: In the past, the painful hypercontraction of all muscles made breathing impossible. The tetanus bacillus, unlike most bacteria, grows best in dead tissue and used its toxin to kill its victims. Today, it is easy enough to paralyze the sufferer and put them on a ventilator until the disease passes. You still do not want to get tetanus. ...Read more
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
TMD\TMJ?: It sounds like it might be a tmjoint problem. Have your general dentist refer you (or research it on your own) to a dentist in your area with extensive training and experience treating patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction for an evaluation. ...Read more
Depends: Treatment would depend on whether or not your jaw is locked open or closed. Also, treatment would depend on whether or not the locking is due to muscular issues or problems inside the joint itself. ...Read more
Yes: Tetanus is a serious, preventable, bacterial disease. Major symptoms include severe painful muscle spasm and stiffness of the neck and jaw. This is where the term "lockjaw" comes from. Patients also suffer from fever, chills, sweats, and trouble breathing. There is no cure, so prevention is key. Adults should receive tetanus vaccine every 5-10 years. ...Read more
Cultural practices: In the third world many are unimmunized for their lifetime and moms don't pass any transient resistance to tetanus germs on to their newborns. Unsanitary cutting tools & or the practice of putting cow dung on the cord stump to speed separation are practices that lead to neonatal tetanus. In industrialized societies, a mom that avoids the recomended tetanus booster may leave baby vulnerable. ...Read more
Tetanus: Toxin produced by clostridium tetani causes a spastic paralysis of muscles resulting in what is known as "lockjaw", among other involved areas of the body. Treatment is use of tetanus antitoxin to remove active toxin from the bloodstream, and support of the patient until the toxin bound to the nervous system wears off, which can take a lengthy time period. ...Read more
See your dentist: Lockjaw and trismus and TMJ disorders are all different things. Lockjaw is also known as tetanus and is a serious infection. Trismus refers to difficulty or decreased openign of the jaw. This is sometimes due to muscle spasms or can be due to TMJ disorders. A dentist needs to do a thorough exam in order to diagnose the problem. ...Read more
Locked jaw: If tetanus is the cause, patient will eventually die of respiratory arrest. Patients should be intubated and monitored in icu. ...Read more
Booster time: What did you cut yourself on? How long ago did you have a tetanus shot.The chances of getting tetanus are remote, but if it has been longer than ten years since your last tetanus shot, you can still be protected because tetanus is a slow growing organism. Get a booster if needed. ...Read more
A 'locking' jaw is usually caused by the disc in the jaw joint becoming malpositioned. This can be caused by clenching or bruxism (grinding the teeth at night).
When the jaw 'locks', it can be in an open position or a closed position.
This is a temporomandibular joint disorder (tmj).
If no resolution, it can be treated by a dentist (with oral appliances) who has the proper training and experienc. ...Read more
Treatment may vary:
Depending on the etiology of the problem will determine what type of treatment is necessary.
Some patients may have a single episode that resolved without any treatment. Other patients may sometimes require a significant course of treatment that can range from behavior modification, medication, splint therapy, physical therapy, adjustment of the occlusion (bite), and/or surgical intervention. ...Read more
Depends: The treatment depends on several factors, which may include but are not limited to the frequency, the length of time your jaw remains locked, any unusual habits, your occlusion or bite, as well as any history of trauma to the face and jaws. A detailed exam and appropriate studies need to be performed to diagnose the cause before a definitive cure can be recommended. ...Read more
Lock jaw findings: Two types of "lock jaw." Open lock or closed lock. And incomplete variations of both. Closed lock is the inability to achieve maximum opening even when trying. It is usually the result of dislocation of the cartilage disc of the TMJ. Open lock occurs when the jaw locks when the mouth is wide open. Both conditions may require treatment intervention by a knowledgeable dentist or physician. ...Read more
Rock and slide jaw: This is due to dysfunction of the temporal mandibular joint just below the ear. The cartilage catches on the other side of the joint and clicks as the joint moves. Sometimes the cartilage catches the other side and the jaw locks. If this starts to happen, do not try to close the morth - but keep it open, rock the joint from side to side and yawn and usually the jaw will snap into place. ...Read more
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 dental society for referrals. ...Read more