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What does lock jaw feel like?

What does lock jaw feel like?

Muscle spasm : Lock jaw can be an early sign of tetanus. The muscles of mastication go into spasm making it difficult to open your mouth. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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What are the symptoms of lock jaw?

Lockjaw: It depends on the cause. It can be due to tetanus, an infection which can be very serious, or it can be due to a displaced TMJ disc, which can be painful but not serious. In either case, it causes an inability to open the mouth, or what we call a closed lock. ...Read more

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I have lock jaw how do I treat it started with a knot under my right jaw. I don't have a temp and my face is slightly swelled dentist says no infecti?

See oral surgeon: May not have an infection when you saw your dentist. But may have one now. See an oral surgeon to be evaluated as a tooth abcess can cause locked jaw. You may also have a salivary gland issue. Often a ct scan of your jaws will be done to help determine the cause of the swelling. ...Read more

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What causes lock jaw?

Disc dislocation: A limitation in the ability to move the lower jaw suggests the dislocation of the disc in the jaw joint. When it has moved from its normal position, the jaw cannot move as well. It can occur on one or both sides. It may be associated with pain, but not necessarily. Non-surgical treatment is focused on stabilizing jaw position so the disc can return to its normal position and remain there. ...Read more

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What causes lock jaw?

Tmj: Many things can cause the jaw to lock such as disk problems in the jaw joint, arthritis, fracture of the joint, jaw muscle issues, multiple surgeries on the joint and pathology/growth in the joints. See a dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How to fix my lock jaw?

How to fix my lock jaw?

TMJ Disc Displaced : This condition is characterized by displacement of the disc on closing followed by a failure to reduce the disc on opening and cause the jaw lock. The disorder is sometimes referred as "closed lock.". Initial therapy should be directed toward reducing the disc displacement through a manual mobilization. Rec.: see orofacial pain specialist for conservative solution. Very common and treatable. ...Read more

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What to do about lock-jaw?

What to do about lock-jaw?

Acutely: If you can not reduce it yourself (meaning place it back into articulation within the fossa) then you should seek the immediate help of an oral & maxillofacial surgeon or present to an urgent care center or ed to have it manually reduced. Longer it remains locked open, the more the surrounding musculature will constrict & spasm. Skeletal muscle relaxants & sedatives often needed before & after. ...Read more

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Can street drugs cause lock jaw?

Can street drugs cause lock jaw?

TMJ?: Not true lockjaw, but some street drugs cause clenching/grinding of jaw, which can cause TMJ problem.See dentist or TMJ expert to evalluate. 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

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Whats the difference between TMJ & lock jaw?

TMJ vs Lockjaw: Lockjaw refers to a medical problem where the jaw muscles will not allow jaws to open due to a tetanus infection. However, there are several other causes of a jaw not opening involving the masseter muscle which are related to spasm or trismus. Tmj is the joint of the jaw and there are a number of conditions related to it that block the opening of the jaw too, i.e. Disc displacement. ...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