FAQ - Trismus
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I KNOW THAT THE TYPES ARE Bacteria, viruses, fungi,and protisits. BUT WHICH ONE IS FOR LOCKJAW?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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much much more common a cause of TRISMUS is an infection in the masseter muscles. I see this all the time - it comes from a dead rotten tooth . The last case I saw was a month ago - lady could not open her mouth at all.

Rotten teeth are far more common than tetanus (for which we were all vaccinated ), so if you see a patient with trismus - much more likely to be due to infection or abscess in the masseter muscle.

The dentist if your friend -- visit him regularly (:-)  (+ info)

Trismus (Lock Jaw) caused by wisdom tooth - how serious is it?

I'm 21 years old. Two of my wisdom teeth (third molars) came through on my left side over a year ago with no problems.
Now a wisdom tooth has come through on my right side. It was pretty painful coming through, but now I can feel the top surface and it doesn't appear to be impacted (there seems to be room for it and it appears to have come through 'straight'). The pain in the gum has died down but I have some pain swallowing and my jaw is very stiff and I cannot open my mouth wide at all.

Presumably I have some sort of infection or at least inflammation going on. The question is... if the tooth appears to be through normally, should this pain pass and not require the extraction of my tooth?

I have a dental appt booked for in a weeks time, and if I get severe swelling or anything I'll make sure I seek medical advice. I'm just hoping I won't have to have my tooth extracted (bad previous experience!)


It sounds like you've figured out that the tooth itself is OK and the problem is in the jaw... and you're right if the condition gets worse you should see a dentist immedialtely. With that being said, I don't think you have anything to worry about until your appointment. It sounds like your tooth erupting has caused you to have a mild case of TMD. You can ease the pain by taking an over the counter anti-inflammitory (like ibuprofin) and applying a warm, moist cloth to your jaw to kind of 'loosen' the muscles. The pain is most likely coming from the pressure being put on the joint in the jaw (TMJ) from the tooth entering the mouth. It may eventually subside but you'll probably see the dentist before it does. Good luck, and I hope this helped!  (+ info)

trismus of the jaw (lock jaw) infection?

I had my wisdom teeth pulled 2 months ago. three weeks after removal my jaw was not able to open all the way. The oral surgean gave me antibiotic and motrin and said he thought it was a musle pull. He wanted me to get physical therapy. I got a second opinion follwed by an mri. mri showen disk dispacement of the jaw. doc said 100 percent sure i needed surgery to flush out joint. two days later my face swelled up and ct scan revealed i had an infection. the cut and drained this 2 times in one week. And said they must have been wrong about surgery. they didnt see infection on mri at first and that my jaw should start to open in next couple days with the new antibiotic. After 22 days of antibiotic still no jaw function. now they say infection secondary and i still had the jaw problem that needs surgery. I think its an infection that spread to another area and antibiotics cant touch it. is there anyone that can help?

You need to find a dentist in your area doing ozone therapy. The antibiotics aren't helping because of the low or lack of blood flow. If you can find a dentist who is also a naturopathic doctor, that would be best.
Robert Harris in Louisville, KY and an office in Indiana
Phil Mollica in New Jersey. They are good resources for doctors that can effectively treat this kind of infection  (+ info)

I think I have trismus (lock jaw) from wisdom teeth removal, but can't reach my dentist, should I call the doc

I had my wisdom teeth removed at 29 weeks pregnant and it has now been 4 days since then. I can't open my mouth more than 1/2 inch and there is a firm painful swelling under my jaw about 1 1/2 inch wide. Since it's the weekend I can't reach my dentist, Is it worth it to call my OB Doc or should I just wait out the weekend and call the dentist on Monday? I can bear the pain fairly easily with tylenol's help.

Your OB doctor won't be able to do much about it - if you can deal with the pain over the weekend with tylenol then just wait until Monday to call your dentist. You could also try a warm, wet compress over the area to try to ease the pain and swelling.  (+ info)

Help for Excruciating Trismus?

I had two impacted wisdom teeth removed on Friday. Yesterday, I went back and was told I had some muscle spasms. The dentist gave me some muscle relaxers, but they don't help the excruciating pain I'm in. He refuses to give me any more pain meds (I only asked for a couple of days worth). I've followed his directions exactly. I'm in so much pain, I just keep sobbing and laying on my heating pad. What can I do? Will a different oral surgeon look at my post-op problems? I don't know what to do, and I'm in so much pain! Any tips, experiences, etc. welcome.

There is a product called Hurricaine Gel that will help you,, most drug stores carry it  (+ info)

Trouble opening mouth after wisdom teeth removal (trismus)?

Any insight that anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated. 2 weeks ago I had 3 wisdom teeth removed (apparenlty I am lucky I didnt have 4). I had 2 on my left side and 1 on the lower left. The surgeon said that the top left one was deeper than he anticipated from looking at the xray and was difficult to remove. This does not mean much to me as I have never had a tooth removed and had no idea what the recovery was like or what was consider "normal". Most of all the symptoms of subside by now. There is very little pain, except after long days at work my jaw feels tired and I get pain up to my ear. There is a small bump on my jaw on the right side which has gone down in size alot it is hardly noticeable now. However, my biggest concern is that I still cannot open my mouth as wide as I could before. I was wondering if this has happened to anyone else? and how long did it last? what did you do to speed up the recovery?
Also, I feel like my teeth do not fit together the way the did. Like I cannot close them correctly they do not line up. I have a 2nd follow up with the oral surgeon in a couple of days; however, I feel like he kind of brushes me off when I voice my concern. He just says "oh its normal for your case". I am frustrated because I would like some sort of timeline from him or something I should do to help it along. I have been also considering maybe following up with my dentist.
Anything ideas and or suggestions would be appreciated

You may just still have some swelling in your jaw that is causing that, and once it has completely gone away it may go back to normal.
You said you wish your oral surgeon would give you kind of a timeline for how long your recovery should take, so demand one! When he brushes you off, ask more questions! Tell your surgeon what you've written on here, dont be afraid to talk to him about it.
See if he thinks you need a followup with your dentist, or see if he knows why it would feel like your jaw isn't aligned anymore. You deserve to know.
Good luck!  (+ info)

I got my wisdom teeth out over 2 weeks ago now I am getting an MRI?

So for the past two weeks I have not been able to open my jaw, so my surgeon recommended I get an MRI. Is he liable?
I guess this is "trismus" or aka "lockjaw"
Have you ever heard of this?
It has gotten worse in the last two days very pain full all the way down to my collar bone and up to my ear.
Hard to swallow.
The amount of space between my teeth is about 1/4 of an inch

it is very possible that you have lockjaw, but there is also a possibility that you have dry socket, which unfortunately is equally as bad.   (+ info)

Teeth extracted -- shouldn't the pain be almost gone?

I had my 4 wisdom teeth extracted 7 days ago. Got dry socket in a at least one of the lowers. Packing took care of that pain, but now I've been experiencing severe intermittent jaw joint, ear and tooth pain.

The dentist said I'm experiencing trismus. From what I've read online, I'm tempted to ask for x-rays (hairline fracture?). If it's trismus, shouldn't the pain be letting up faster?

Any dental experts that can help me?

Though post-operative pain following 4 third molar extractions can last about 14 days (especially after having a dry socket) joint and ear pain are not to be expected a week post-operatively. Trismus (lock jaw) sounds like it could be a possibility, though most patients would not simply have issues with Trismus surface after an extraction - they would have a history of it. A fracture is also unlikely given that your pain is described to be in your jaw and ear. I would suggest seeing an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon or someone who specializes in craniofacial issues. In the meantime, be sure to use compresses with Ice for about 20 minutes every hour then rotate that with warm towels for 20 minutes - this should help. Also, naproxen sodium (Aleve) helps with joint pain - be sure to take this with food. Hope that helps.  (+ info)

My daughter had her 4 wisdom teeth pulled 2 1/2 weeks ago and she still cannot open her mouth.?

She can open it only maybe 1/2". Has this happened to anyone and what do you recommend for a speedy recovery. She went back to the surgeon today and he said she has Trismus. He is sending her to get some physiotherapy. Hope someone can tell let me know how long this might take.

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Can somebody help with a jaw question?

almost 5 days ago I got a lower wisdom tooth extracted. I was one of the lucky ones who's now experiencing dry socket and apparently jaw complications. The latter worries me a bit because I fear it will become a permanent problem. I did some online research and discovered that it could be trismus. If this is true, is there a way I can remedy the situation? I can slightly open my jaw, but it's a little difficult and sore when I do so. :/

hey I have jaw issues but had them before my extraction-

however after the extraction I had a new issue- I could barely open my mouth. Not even enough to use a fork.

It took 2 months for me to be able to regain normal function of my jaw, so if your main concern is inability to open your jaw, it's not that big of a deal. You will probably have to strain and exercise it to get it working normally again though (my surgeon after a couple weeks had me try and stick a finger or two between and put some firm pressure downward to regain that flexability)  (+ info)

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