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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 25, 2007
  • 06:22 PM

Anyone ever experienced trismus after having dental work done? I had a rear molar worked on 2 weeks ago, and now I can't open my jaw enough to place anything larger that my pincky finger into it. Went to the oral surgeon yesterday, he told me I had trismus, caused by a spasm in my muscle of the jaw due to the needle from the novacain. His suggestion to increase how far my mouth will open, start with 7 tongue depressors, insert between my teeth, and add a new one everyday until I can get 27 in there. Hurts like heck, but willing to give it a try. Haven't been able to eat anything other that pasta & ice cream ( not good for my figure) for a weeks now. Just curious if anyone else has ever experienced this, used this form of treatment and did it work and how long did it take.

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  • I have been recently dianosed with this condition. Mine too was a result of the injection my dentist administered for a filling that she was doing on one of my bottom teeth. I have not been able to open my mouth for about two weeks now. You're lucky, I can't even eat pasta without being in pain, unless i put it in my mouth using my fingers. Any food I place in my mouth has to be done this way, with the exception of broth. My dentist recommended warm compresses, a muscle relaxer was prescribed, as well as ibuprofen and an antibiotic in case there was an infection present. I don't know whether or not this works, because the second day of this treatment I ended up having an allergic reaction to one, if not a couple of the medications. I would not recommend the treatment that you were told to use, because my dentist explained to me that I should not force my mouth open because the muscle in the jaw is already stressed, and needs to relax in order to get it back to normal. She said this may take a few weeks. What happened with your "treatment". I see you posted this a few months ago.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2007
    • 04:22 AM
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  • I just got trismus from an anesthetic injection at the dentist while getting a cavity filled. I felt the pain as soon as he gave me the shot but it took a few days to get worse and then I noticed my mouth not opening as far. After about a week I couldn't hardly open it. It has now been over two weeks and no improvement. I was told to do stretching exercises, warm compresses and massage the muscle. How long will this last???
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    • September 22, 2007
    • 05:41 PM
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  • I have just recently contracted trismus from having dental work done on the lower quandrant of my mouth. An oral surgeon explained trismus, as the result of the dental hygeniest missing the landmark injection site, and injecting into the lower jaw muscles. The pain began on a small level and progressively increased on the pain level scale in intensity. The average individual is able to open the region of the mouth to approximately 35 mm, but unfortunately my range is only 10 mm. I have tried warm compresses and jaw exercises(forced openings), but to no avail has any of these methods worked. I have been on a daily regiment of antibiotics and Ibuprofen to ease the pain and possible infections, yet the pain and inflamation remains. I was told that there is a possibility of dirty needle syndrome, this is caused by the injection needle pushing the bacteria deeper into the injection site causing pain and inflamation. I was told in a worst case scenario that my soreness may last 6 weeks. I am in process of starting physical therapy with a local oral surgeon, hopefully, I am able to masticate normally in a few weeks.
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  • I am experiencing this right now while trying to eat some lunch. I had prep work done for a crown two weeks ago and had to have five injections of novacaine and even then I could feel the drill hit my nerve. Was okay that day and day after but then started to get ache in jaw and side of my face which would radiate up to my temple and cheek when I try to open my mouth more than an inch. The dentist just explained to me, when they try and numb the lower molar area, they sometimes have to go deep into the muscle tissue and sometimes it causes bleeding and bruising. Makes sense because it actually feels like someone pressing on a bruise each time I try and eat, brush my teeth etc. Very annoying problem. My dentist said he had my similar problem himself for 5 weeks. I just got over a frozen jaw from implant surgery I had a few months ago for the tooth next to this molar. This was restrictive movement like the other problem but with the other there was really no pain and I could open my mouth, just couldn't move it to one side or jut out the bottom jaw. I think that problem was from having my mouth open too long during surgery, strained jaw muscles. It seemed to take forever to go away. This is actually worse because of the pain. Am glad to learn it is rather common and will end eventually. In the meantime, ibuprofen, warm compress and maybe flexeril. Good luck to those of us suffering from this. It really is annoying. Hard to even brush properly.
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  • My son is hospitalized today with this problem. He had a wisdom tooth pulled on Thursday of last week and today is Monday. He went to the emergency room last night and they admitted him. The ENT at the hospital said this was a result of the Novocain injection. He does not have any health insurance at his job and cannot afford it on his pay. He will probably lose that job as a result of missing work. Does the dentist who pulled this tooth have any liability in this? He is not one of those people who would sue somebody, but I don't know how he will EVER pay this hospital bill. Any thoughts?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 16, 2010
    • 08:53 PM
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  • Hello... this is also happening to me. It has been 2 weeks (yesterday), I got my crown put in yesterday and the dentist just said to try to relax!! I have been okay due to keeping on advil and tylenol. Could someone post about how long this lasts and does your jaw go back to normal??? I have NEVER heard of this and it is so annoying. I would love to yawn again and be able to laugh and smile without concentrating on not moving my jaw to the side or open too wide... HELP!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 15, 2010
    • 06:09 PM
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  • Hello, I experienced trismus a year ago after having a filling fixed by a dentist. The pain and stiffness in my jaw eventually went away, however my jaw still clicks and hurts from time to time if I take large bits (like when eating a hamburger, etc). I consulted an oral surgeon about the problem, also inquiring about liability and he said it's something that happens through no fault of the dentist. I thought maybe he was just protecting his profession so I asked further and kept getting the same answer. Unfortunately it's just like spraining your ankle. It will never fully heal and there's not a whole ***l of a lot you can do about it. I realize most of these posts were from some time ago. I just wanted to post my experience for anyone researching a recent diagnosis. Best of luck to you and I hope you like soup and ice cream!My son is hospitalized today with this problem. He had a wisdom tooth pulled on Thursday of last week and today is Monday. He went to the emergency room last night and they admitted him. The ENT at the hospital said this was a result of the Novocain injection. He does not have any health insurance at his job and cannot afford it on his pay. He will probably lose that job as a result of missing work. Does the dentist who pulled this tooth have any liability in this? He is not one of those people who would sue somebody, but I don't know how he will EVER pay this hospital bill. Any thoughts?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 9, 2010
    • 07:05 PM
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  • I have experienced trismus twice this year. Both times it was the injection for lower left dental work. I was given an antiinflammatory called methylprednisolone which is taken for 6 days. It works like a charm! I was also given exercises. The dentist said if I do not break open the muscle spasm in that area it could be painful for the rest of my life. The first time I only took the medication. This time I am taking the medication and doing the exercises.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2010
    • 03:22 AM
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  • Hello, I have started working out pretty hard recently and i have been developing lock jaw or trismus. It lasts for some time after my work outs and I want it to go away.according to this site it says that low calcium can cause it.???!?https://sites.google.com/site/trismusjaw/home/causeany one have any suggestions, and what do you think about the link?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2011
    • 03:05 PM
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  • I am experiencing this right now while trying to eat some lunch. I had prep work done for a crown two weeks ago and had to have five injections of novacaine and even then I could feel the drill hit my nerve. Was okay that day and day after but then started to get ache in jaw and side of my face which would radiate up to my temple and cheek when I try to open my mouth more than an inch. The dentist just explained to me, when they try and numb the lower molar area, they sometimes have to go deep into the muscle tissue and sometimes it causes bleeding and bruising. Makes sense because it actually feels like someone pressing on a bruise each time I try and eat, brush my teeth etc. Very annoying problem. My dentist said he had my similar problem himself for 5 weeks. I just got over a frozen jaw from implant surgery I had a few months ago for the tooth next to this molar. This was restrictive movement like the other problem but with the other there was really no pain and I could open my mouth, just couldn't move it to one side or jut out the bottom jaw. I think that problem was from having my mouth open too long during surgery, strained jaw muscles. It seemed to take forever to go away. This is actually worse because of the pain. Am glad to learn it is rather common and will end eventually. In the meantime, ibuprofen, warm compress and maybe flexeril. Good luck to those of us suffering from this. It really is annoying. Hard to even brush properly.So, does it really go away? Seeing my dentist about this tomorrow.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 13, 2011
    • 06:05 PM
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  • Cant tell you how reassuring it is to hear these posts, I had a dental injection 2 weeks ago for a small filling in my lower back molar, I cannot open my mouth due to severe pain which is becoming worse, my bite is completely out and the pain is making me feel very miserable.The dentist said it would take time but the pain when trying to open my mouth wide is unbearable and nothing seems to alleviate the pain, its feels like it will never go back to normal again, I have become a recluse!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2011
    • 02:19 PM
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  • Same thing told to me with the tongue blades and affected nutrition. I was given antibiotics, a muscle relaxer and a script to physical therapy if all else fails. Will see what happens.
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  • I recently got all four wisdom teeth out last Wednesday, and have developed trismus. I have tried do stretches, but they only seem to cause pain, and not work at all. It progressively gets worse every day, and it is quite noticab;e. The tongue depressors do not work, and cause more strain. I am going back to the dentist tomorrow to see what else there is to do. Looking at research, it said the longer you take to fix it, the more permanent it gets. Is this true? I am a member of the Air Force, and I am afraid that this will prevent me from doing my duties, and that they will discharge me. I am only 18 and I don't think I have ever been in this much pain. I was told surgery was a possibility if this couldn't easily be fixed, is this also true? Help please!!
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  • Same thing told to me with the tongue blades and affected nutrition. I was given antibiotics, a muscle relaxer and a script to physical therapy if all else fails. Will see what happens.Don't overlook the fact that when we get dental work there is a lot of pressure on the lower jaw by the dentist or hygenist to keep the mouth open. Often this is what can misalign the jaw. This misalignment can cause a lot of pain in the TMJ and neck as well as muscle spasms and inability to open the mouth correctly (trismus or trismus like symptoms). Often getting the jaw gently adjusted by a chiropractor can relieve the pain and allow the jaw to work properly and quickly. This adjustment can be done with an instrument that gently taps the jaw for proper realignment. You can also try acupuncture to relieve the muscle spasm. I am a chiropractor and had a female being treated for trismus for 2 weeks and still in severe pain, one adjustment and it was significantly better the next day, I see these results regularly. Will it work for everyone.. no but it is definitely worth trying.
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  • I went to the dentist a month ago. Had a lower jaw Novacain injection that was more painful and deeper then normal. Had my mouth open a long time as she worked on a back tooth. The next day could not open my mouth past getting a straw in. Went back to her a week later she said I had TMJ and to see a Maxery dentist. 2wks later he saw me and put me on steriolds had mild relief. Had jaw MRI and showed some mild deteriotaion not enough to constitute the pain I've been in. Went back to the specialist who said I needed to see a muscular specialist this was all muscular and to start physical therapy. The problem is I have a brain tumor and cannot have ultra sound on my jaw...All they can do for me is massage and I need radiation but cant get that as they need to stick rubber blocks in my mouth for that & until I get my jaw open I'm pretty much stuck here. Its only opened a pinch more...and I am very scrared and concerned not to mention this is very painful. Plus getting migraines One dr. said I could be like this the rest of my life...please tell me this is not so!
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  • Went to the dentist 3 wks ago for two fillings on the bottom part of my mouth they had to give me three injections. They got the first filling done and on the second one i could feel it. After the novacane started wearing off i ran a fever my throat hurt my jaw hurt i was in bad pain called the dentist n they said it was from keeping my mouth open for a long time ( i only had it open for 1 hour) finally after a week of bein in pain i went back and they told me i had trismus and told me to do hot and cold packs and take ovr the counter meds and let me tell you nothing helps. This is the most annoying pain ever. Im going back to them on Wednesday and im hoping that they can fix this or do something to help it
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  • It is good to hear that I am not alone-I have developed trismus after dental work on the lower left. It has been 2 weeks and still not feeling better- I will try what seems to be treatment of choice (warm compresses, NSAIDS, and exercises). It sure is uncomforatble not to be able to eat or yawn!
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  • I have experienced trismus twice this year. Both times it was the injection for lower left dental work. I was given an antiinflammatory called methylprednisolone which is taken for 6 days. It works like a charm! I was also given exercises. The dentist said if I do not break open the muscle spasm in that area it could be painful for the rest of my life. The first time I only took the medication. This time I am taking the medication and doing the exercises.Could you please describe what exercises you are doing? I have the same condition but my dentist is not helping me. I would really appreciate it.
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  • Hello... this is also happening to me. It has been 2 weeks (yesterday), I got my crown put in yesterday and the dentist just said to try to relax!! I have been okay due to keeping on advil and tylenol. Could someone post about how long this lasts and does your jaw go back to normal??? I have NEVER heard of this and it is so annoying. I would love to yawn again and be able to laugh and smile without concentrating on not moving my jaw to the side or open too wide... HELP!Hi, this has happened to me before after a filling and has happened to me again. The dentist missed the mandibular nerve block and had to inject me twice more. Its only been one week so far. Last time the trismus didn't go away for about a month.
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  • I am inquiring as to what happened to you. We're you cured. How? And how long did your recovery take? I would really appreciate an update. Thanks!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 27, 2011
    • 04:40 AM
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