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How is lockjaw cured?

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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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


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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 is a 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?

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 and 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.
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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?

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?

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

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Can you tell me if I could get lockjaw please read thanks?

Trauma/muscle spasm: Lock jaw has several causes. The two most prevalent are related to the jaw joint or muscles that causes jaw function. Traumatic injury, such as whiplash, can cause physical damage to the jaw joint and limit its motion. Muscle trauma, such as constant clinching of teeth, can cause spasm of the muscles and over time can limit mouth opening. Have it evaluated if you have any limited movement. ...Read more

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How do you know if you're getting lockjaw? Do you just wake up with it?

Limited movement: The condition is usually caused by muscle spasm usually due to clinching or grinding of you teeth. It can also be caused by jaw joint derangement or wear and tear. Moist heat compress and jaw stretching exercises will help. Soft diet for a few days till the symptom goes away. If this is a frequent event, appointment with your dentist is needed. He/she may refer you to a specialist. ...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?

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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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 your jaw is locked open or closed. Also, treatment would depend on whether 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

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How can doctors relieve lockjaw?

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

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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 bacterium 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 can you tell if you have trismus (lockjaw)?

How can you tell if you have trismus (lockjaw)?

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

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What is the most common cause of tetanus or lockjaw?

What is the most common cause of tetanus or lockjaw?

You mean trismus: Trismus is a common condition caused by hyper activity of the jaw muscles. This causes them to be dire and stiff thus limiting opening. ...Read more

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Cuts are not deep, but because 2 bled, will I get tetanus or lockjaw?

Cuts are not deep, but because 2 bled, will I get tetanus or lockjaw?

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