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Is lockjaw caused by wisdom tooth surgery?
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3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes but
If wisdom tooth is impacted, most patients have limitations of oral opening for a few days to a week.
It is possible to have a serious restriction of oral opening after wisdom tooth extraction due to displacement of the TMJ disk. Best advice is to have your surgery done by the wisdom tooth expert - oral surgeon.

In brief: Yes but
If wisdom tooth is impacted, most patients have limitations of oral opening for a few days to a week.
It is possible to have a serious restriction of oral opening after wisdom tooth extraction due to displacement of the TMJ disk. Best advice is to have your surgery done by the wisdom tooth expert - oral surgeon.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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1 doctor agrees
In brief: Can be...
Limited mouth opening following oral surgery is a rare complication.
If a patient cannot fully open their mouth after wisdom teeth are removed, they should consult their surgeon for appropriate follow up care.

In brief: Can be...
Limited mouth opening following oral surgery is a rare complication.
If a patient cannot fully open their mouth after wisdom teeth are removed, they should consult their surgeon for appropriate follow up care.
Dr. Justin Zumstein
Dr. Justin Zumstein
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