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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Could cracking your jaw cause lockjaw?

TMJ disk: Cracking of the jaw means the disk in the jaw joint is out of position. The triad of TMJ problems includes joint noised, limitation of opening (what you are describing as "lockjaw", and jaw joint pain.

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Can lockjaw be caused by dental infections?

Can lockjaw be caused by dental infections?

Possible: Often limited opening can be related to disc problems in the tm joint or spasm in the muscles of mastication.

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Is lockjaw caused by wisdom tooth surgery?

Is lockjaw caused by wisdom tooth surgery?

No: True "lockjaw" is something very seldom seen anymore. It is a very serious result of a life threatening tetanus infection. Most of us receive tetanus vaccine, and also get a tetanus booster if there has been a potentially dirty injury or puncture to the skin.

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My granddaughter been sent to oesteopath with suspected lockjaw maybe cause by having head suction at birth. Is this easily cured. She is 6 weeks old?

My granddaughter been sent to oesteopath with suspected lockjaw maybe cause by having head suction at birth. Is this easily cured. She is 6 weeks old?

Odd question: Lockjaw is the lay term for tetanus, a neurological condition caused by toxins from an infection. It is not caused by head suction. Wry neck, where the kid holds the head to one side with stiffness in the neck muscles, might arise from birth trauma to the neck muscles. Since you use terms that seem out of place, further comment on cause and success of treatment are too speculative to be helpful.

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Does the wisdom teeth surgery cause lockjaw?

Does the wisdom teeth surgery cause lockjaw?

Unlikely: Usually not. In our office we support the jaw joints so that this will prevent the jaws from locking. Furthermore, an oral surgeon is very efficient and fast at removing wisdom teeth safely. Hence, a short procedure time will also prevent lockjaw or any TMJ issues.

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Can strep throat cause lockjaw and warmth in chest?

Can strep throat cause lockjaw and warmth in chest?

Not likely: Streptococcal tonsillopharyngitis typically causes throat pain, difficulty swallowing, fevers, chills, fatigue, and general malaise. If you have trouble opening your mouth, it could be a dental problem or an abscess around the tonsil. See your doctor or an ENT as soon as possible.

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What defines the cramping/lockjaw sensation caused by tetanus? I have a jaw and neck ache, but no difficulty opening mouth. Last tetanus shot was 2001. Did some soil gardening 8 days ago but no cuts.

Not tetanus: Fortunately, whatever you have is not tetanus. Lockjaw is associated with the bacterial condition of tetanus and is highly serious - wa high mortality rate. It is very rare. Most physicians have never seen a case of tetanus. In the absence of a wound and absence of severe symptoms, whatever you have, it is not a concern for tetanus. This could be just associated strain from your gardening activity.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.