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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. Heidi Fowler
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What are the symptoms of lock jaw?

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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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?

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?

Depends on the cause: Lock jaw or the ability to open and close the lower jaw may occur from a number of different causes. The recommended course of treatment is dependent upon the cause. ...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?

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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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is lock jaw and what are symptoms?

Tetanus: True "lock jaw" is trismus, a pathological condition in which the mouth is held shut by sustained spasm of the masseter (jaw) muscle, often observed in cases of tetanus
you may also be referring to "closed lock" a TMJ condition where the TMJ disc is locked out of position. ...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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I have painful lock jaw, can anyone help?

I have painful lock jaw, can anyone help?

TMD\TMJ: Take some nsaids if you can-advil, motrin, aleve; apply moist hot towel to outside of face opposite jaw joint; stick on soft diet; no gum chewing; see a dentist as soon as possible (preferably one trained and experienced in tmd diagnosis and treatment). ...Read more

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What exactly is lock jaw? How can I get help for it?

What exactly is lock jaw? How can I get help for it?

TMJ expert: You are likely referring to locking of the jaw related to jaw joint (TMJ) disk displacement and not tetanus related "lockjaw". The locking jaw means there is a serious TMJ problem. See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask MD, dentist and your dental society for referrals ...Read more

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I keep getting lock jaw only on my left side. What should I do?

I keep getting lock jaw only on my left side. What should I do?

See expert: whether your jaw is locked open or closed, a significant problem. See TMJ expert. 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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Sometimes my jaw won't open all the way. Is this lock jaw. What should I do?

See a dentist: There is a problem with the alignment of your jaw joint. This needs to be assessed so the appropriate treatment can be determined for you. ...Read more

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How to relieve lock jaw. It pops when I open it and feels almost like it is locked. Anything chewy I eat makes it worse is there anyway to help it?

Give your jaw a rest: With early TMJ dysfunction, it may help to take ibuprofen or other antiinflammatory med for a few day, avoid yawning or chewing anything except very soft foods for a few days, do not chew gum or tobacco, and always take small bites instead of biting into a full sandwich or apple, etc. Your dentist can help assess if you have alignment problems, and may recommend a night mouth guard if you clench. ...Read more

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Should i consider going to a walk in clinic for lock jaw?

Should i consider going to a walk in clinic for lock jaw?

See OFP specialist: Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain expert for a consultation, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My jaw clicks majority of the time when i open my mouth. This will sometimes lead to lock jaw. What does this symbolize?

My jaw clicks majority of the time when i open my mouth. This will sometimes lead to lock jaw. What does this symbolize?

TMJ Problem: The clicking of the jaw is related to an abnormal movement in the tmj. This can be related to an abnormality in the anatomy of the structures that are part of the TMJ or it could be related to an abnormal movement of the meniscus or disc in the tmj. Locking of the jaw can occur with your mouth barely open, suggesting a probable disc problem, or with your mouth wide open, related to anatomy. ...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