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Unable to open mouth more than 1/2 an inch after root canal?
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Why?
Why couldn't you open your mouth more than that with the first dentist? Did you open your mouth further for junior? If you did, you had something against the first one, whether you were conscious of it or not.
Fear or anger has many faces. With regard to 'after root canal work' there is something, definitely wrong if can't open mouth more than half inch. Go back.

In brief: Why?
Why couldn't you open your mouth more than that with the first dentist? Did you open your mouth further for junior? If you did, you had something against the first one, whether you were conscious of it or not.
Fear or anger has many faces. With regard to 'after root canal work' there is something, definitely wrong if can't open mouth more than half inch. Go back.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Ronald Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Can happen
Sometimes when your mouth has been opened for a long period of time, your jaw muscles can spasm leading to limited opening.
I assume you have no TMJ issues. With some nsaids, possibly a muscle relaxant , most patients do fine.

In brief: Can happen
Sometimes when your mouth has been opened for a long period of time, your jaw muscles can spasm leading to limited opening.
I assume you have no TMJ issues. With some nsaids, possibly a muscle relaxant , most patients do fine.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Dr. Ronald Achong
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Dr. Aaron Cook
Dentistry
In brief: May be trismus
Not uncommon...Probably trismus, which can unfortunately last days/weeks.
Nsaid medications, warm compresses to the side of your face receiving the root canal, chewing sugar-free gum can all help "loosen" the muscle that's tight. You should see your dentist to diagnose whether this is in fact the cause of your symptoms.

In brief: May be trismus
Not uncommon...Probably trismus, which can unfortunately last days/weeks.
Nsaid medications, warm compresses to the side of your face receiving the root canal, chewing sugar-free gum can all help "loosen" the muscle that's tight. You should see your dentist to diagnose whether this is in fact the cause of your symptoms.
Dr. Aaron Cook
Dr. Aaron Cook
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