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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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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

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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?

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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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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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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Is lockjaw always fatal?

Is lockjaw always fatal?

NO: Most patients with lockjaw die from complications not directly from the infection. ...Read more

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Why is lockjaw common in babies?

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

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What are the consequences of having tetanus (lockjaw)?

What are the consequences of having tetanus (lockjaw)?

Locked jaw: If tetanus is the cause, patient will eventually die of respiratory arrest. Patients should be intubated and monitored in icu. ...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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Can lockjaw be caused by chewing gum?

Can lockjaw be caused by chewing gum?

Metal gum: Not the lockjaw process you get from tetanus. If chewing gum causes you jaw claudication, you need to see a ENT or maxillofacial specialist. On the other hand and as a fellow gum chewer, switch brands, get the softest, sugarless gum you can. ...Read more

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Why is tetanus sometimes called lockjaw?

Why is tetanus sometimes called lockjaw?

Jaw muscle spasms: The germ of tetnus produces a chemical toxin called tetanospasmin. Normal muscle action is maintained by a balance of chemicals that signal a contraction & release. This toxin takes over the message center, locking a muscle group in the contraction mode & preventing "relaxing" messages from getting thru. Occasionally localized, most often bodywide, it locks up the jaws like it does other muscles. ...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 is the best way to get rid of my lockjaw?

Lockjaw: Lockjaw a pseudonym for a very serious cognition tetanus. I doubt you are describing this you may have tmj. Antinflammatories and bite block can be helpful. Or arthritis muscle injury to mass enter muscle. Needs examination and evaluation both physician and dentist helpful. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get lockjaw from a dog scratch?

Is it possible to get lockjaw from a dog scratch?

Possible? Yes: Possible? Yes, but very unlikely. Infection generally occurs through wound contamination and often involves a cut or deep puncture wound. Infection can be prevented by proper immunization and by post-exposure prophylaxis. It is best to call your physician to see if you are up to date on your tetanus immunizations and what he\she recommends you do. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies to get rid of lockjaw?

What are some home remedies to get rid of lockjaw?

None: Lock jaw is a lay term for tetanus. This is a serious, life threatening infection. There are no home remedies. If you have tetanus you would be in a hospital. ...Read more

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Will a trip to my dentist fix lockjaw or are they're things at home I can try?

Will a trip to my dentist fix lockjaw or are they're things at home I can try?

TMJ dysfunction: The muscles and ligaments that cause your jaw to move are not working smoothly. If you chew gum stop. Eat softer foods next 2-3 weeks. Apply moist heat to the joint area. Stress plays a big role in triggering TMJ problems. Find activities to help reduce your stress level. See your dentist for more detailed help. ...Read more

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The last time I took Zofran (ondansetron) I got lockjaw, are there any safe alternatives?

The last time I took Zofran (ondansetron) I got lockjaw, are there any safe alternatives?

Dramamine (dimenhydrinate): If you are experiencing nausea there are several options you can talk to your doctor about. An over the counter alternative is dramamine (dimenhydrinate). ...Read more

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Experienced lockjaw while diving and still feel stiffness on one side. How can I loosen up?

Experienced lockjaw while diving and still feel stiffness on one side. How can I loosen up?

Carefully!: You really should be examined properly. Try applying dry heat and see if it starts to loosen up on you. Advil (ibuprofen) every 4-6 hrs for a couple of days should help too. ...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?

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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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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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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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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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 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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Is lockjaw a symptom of tetanus?

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

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


Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more