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Unable to open mouth wide since orthodontia. Jaw muscle goes into spasm during long dental work. Need help asap?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Orthodontia

You need to call your orthodontist to evaluate reason.
I can't diagnose the cause without an exam myself. A proper treatment can be determined once the cause is known.

In brief: Orthodontia

You need to call your orthodontist to evaluate reason.
I can't diagnose the cause without an exam myself. A proper treatment can be determined once the cause is known.
Dr. Shawn Murray
Dr. Shawn Murray
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Seek help

Were the braces just placed? It is a long procedure, wherein your mouth is opened wide for a long time.
The word for your ailment is trismus, and is muscle spasm and inflammation. It will respond to time, moist heat, soft diet and advil (ibuprofen) (nsaids). Relax, it will go away.

In brief: Seek help

Were the braces just placed? It is a long procedure, wherein your mouth is opened wide for a long time.
The word for your ailment is trismus, and is muscle spasm and inflammation. It will respond to time, moist heat, soft diet and advil (ibuprofen) (nsaids). Relax, it will go away.
Dr. David Schleimer
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. Daniel Quon
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Options

If your inability to open is strictly due to muscle spasm and not to a TMJ dysfunction, moist heat, and usually an over the counter anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin if you can take it, will help.
You may also want to limit your diet to a soft diet with limited chewing until the spasm subsides. If that does not resolve your muscle spasm, a prescription muscle relaxant may help.

In brief: Options

If your inability to open is strictly due to muscle spasm and not to a TMJ dysfunction, moist heat, and usually an over the counter anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin if you can take it, will help.
You may also want to limit your diet to a soft diet with limited chewing until the spasm subsides. If that does not resolve your muscle spasm, a prescription muscle relaxant may help.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Dr. Daniel Quon
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Go back

Go back to orthodontist for evaluation.
Problem most likely muscular, but small chance it is jaw joint. Till you get back to orthodontist take analgesics (motrin/advil?Ibuprofen), eat a very soft diet, and apply warm compresses.

In brief: Go back

Go back to orthodontist for evaluation.
Problem most likely muscular, but small chance it is jaw joint. Till you get back to orthodontist take analgesics (motrin/advil?Ibuprofen), eat a very soft diet, and apply warm compresses.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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In brief: See your dentist

These symptoms point to an internal derangement of the TMJ and probable closed lock position of the joint.
Inability to open wide is probably caused by a non reducing forward position of the TMJ disc restricting translation of the joint and opening. Concluding on the sensitive retro dismal tissues rather than the disc causes pain and muscle spasms.

In brief: See your dentist

These symptoms point to an internal derangement of the TMJ and probable closed lock position of the joint.
Inability to open wide is probably caused by a non reducing forward position of the TMJ disc restricting translation of the joint and opening. Concluding on the sensitive retro dismal tissues rather than the disc causes pain and muscle spasms.
Dr. Donald Rollofson
Dr. Donald Rollofson
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry

In brief: Discuss with Ortho

Go back to your orthodontist to discuss tmj.
They may refer you to another doctor to assist.

In brief: Discuss with Ortho

Go back to your orthodontist to discuss tmj.
They may refer you to another doctor to assist.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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