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Dr. Randall Stastny
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Lockjaw (Overview)

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.


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How can you die from lockjaw?

How can you die from lockjaw?

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

Dr. Randall Stastny
112 doctors shared insights

Lockjaw (Overview)

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.


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How does one treat TMJ lockjaw?

How does one treat TMJ lockjaw?

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

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What are the symptoms of lockjaw?

What are the symptoms of lockjaw?

Not opening.: You may experience different symptoms, however, usually lockjaw leads to feeling a lot of discomfort and pain in either one or both joints as well as not being able to open / close. This is usually a chronic condition related to your joint anatomy. ...Read more

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I cut my finger on a can lid, what are the signs of lockjaw and how long should I worry?

I cut my finger on a can lid, what are the signs of lockjaw and how long should I worry?

"lockjaw": When did you last have a tetanus (lockjaw) booster? If more than 10 years or the wound was contaminated (dirt, etc), see your doc or county health dept for update. Signs of tetanus are marked muscle spasm of all muscles. Best to be immunized rather than wait for symptoms to occur. Now recommended that the booster also cover diphtheria and pertussis (tdap). If in doubt, get the booster. ...Read more

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Went to doctor diagnosed with strep now getting lockjaw should I go to hospital?

Went to doctor diagnosed with strep now getting lockjaw should I go to hospital?

No: I would get in touch with the doctor that diagnosed strep throat and try to determine exactly what is wrong with your jaw. ...Read more

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What are the tests for lockjaw?

Tetanus or TMJ?: The diagnosis is made by history and physical examination. No specific lab test is available to diagnose tetanus. For TMJ lockjaw history past and present, physical examination, review of systems, neurologic exam, musculoskeletal exam and imaging. ...Read more

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How to know if I have lockjaw or whatever it is?

How to know if I have lockjaw or whatever it is?

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

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Stress can cause lockjaw?

Stress can cause lockjaw?

Yes: Stress can cause you to overuse your jaw muscles which can then cramp and cause a tightness or stiffness of your jaw. ...Read more

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How to treat lockjaw?

See OFP specialist: Orofacial Pain provides diagnosis and management of pain in the face, TMJ disorders, locking jaw as well as, associated headaches and neck pain. They are the experts in this field. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for lockjaw?

What is the treatment for lockjaw?

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

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How is lockjaw cured?

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

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What is the best way to get rid of lockjaw?

What is the best way to get rid of lockjaw?

Unclear: Lockjaw is an old-fashioned term referring to tetanus-induced spasms of the muscles, but some people refer to a closed-lock of the jaw as lockjaw. This is a mechanical obstruction of opening of the joint that can be treated with a relatively minor procedure. ...Read more

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What's the difference between lockjaw and bell's palsy?

What's the difference between lockjaw and bell's palsy?

One is more serious: Classic lockjaw is caused by a toxin produced by the tetanus bacteria that causes muscles to go into uncontrollable, involuntary spasms including the jaw muscles. Your jaw can also lock due to a more benign condition, which is probably genetic called dystonia. Bells palsy is the opposite, it is due to paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face caused by inflammation of the nerve. ...Read more

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Why is tetanus also known as lockjaw?

Why is tetanus also known as lockjaw?

Muscle spasms: Tetanus is caused by a bacteria called clostridium tetani. One of the initial symptoms that patients experience is spasm of the muscles that control the opening and closing of the jaw. The muscle spasms prevent the opening of the mouth, commonly referred to as lockjaw. ...Read more

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How is lockjaw cured?

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

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How do I solve lockjaw?

How do I solve lockjaw?

Lockjaw or tmj?: I'm assuming you mean tmj. Lockjaw is a life-threatening infection. Treatment of TMJ problems requires the help of a dentist who extra training in TMJ disorders. ...Read more

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How can you die from lockjaw?

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

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What are the tests for lockjaw?

Tetanus or TMJ?: The diagnosis is made by history and physical examination. No specific lab test is available to diagnose tetanus. For TMJ lockjaw history past and present, physical examination, review of systems, neurologic exam, musculoskeletal exam and imaging. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lockjaw?

Not opening.: You may experience different symptoms, however, usually lockjaw leads to feeling a lot of discomfort and pain in either one or both joints as well as not being able to open / close. This is usually a chronic condition related to your joint anatomy. ...Read more

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What are common causes of lockjaw?

What are common causes of lockjaw?

TMJ disk abnormal: Anterior disk displacement without reduction possibly. Need to see oral maxillofacial surgeon or subspecialists in tmd / facial pain. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am developing lockjaw?

"Stuck" or "Lock": The major sign is jaw that is locked in position or difficult to open. TMJ dysfunction is a group of conditions that can cause joint lock and visit to your dentist is warranted. ...Read more

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What to do if I have lockjaw and it hurts?

What to do if I have lockjaw and it hurts?

Not Lockjaw: Yeah, tetanus requires some kind of wound inoculating the skin with bacteria. But you may have a temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome. If this continues, please see a TMJ specialist dentist for some diagnosis and help.
James dillard, md. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis procedure for lockjaw?

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

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I need help! How do I know if I have lockjaw?

Hard to open: If you can't open your mouth or close your mouth if it is open already you probably have lock jaw. It is usually easy for an experienced dentist to treat. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have lockjaw-like problem?

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

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How to know if I have lockjaw or whatever it is?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Lockjaw?

Trismus, TMJ: 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

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I work with animals, am I more susceptible for lockjaw?

Keep up to date: Anyone who is frequently bitten, clawed, burned or punctured might be more likely to be exposed to tetanus. Make sure you carefully clean all wounds and keep your tetanus shot up to date: at least once every 10 years. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could i get lockjaw please read thanks?

Not really: Lockjaw refers to tetanus. Most people have been immunized as children and i would suspect you have too. If you are talking about a temporomandibular joint problem that is a whole different problem and rather complicated. ...Read more