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Jaw Pain - Trismus Disorders

Question:
I have developed lock jaw in the last week and I am getting really scared about it. I went on-line and found your website. Thank you so much for being there.

I had severe pain in my teeth and ear and went to the dentist. He sent me to an endodontist. I needed two root canals. He did one immediately a few days ago and I went back a couple of days later for the second one.

They could not do the second root canal because my jaws were locked in position (opening less than 1/2 of an inch). The swelling has been horrendous ever since. There is massive infection (which I think is probably causing the swelling) ... they changed me to a stronger antibiotic.

It has only been a few days now when I started the new antibiotic. The only pain is the swelling. It literally looks like I have a small apple under my skin along the jaw and going down the neck. Have you ever heard of anything like this before? I called the doctor and their office is closed over the weekend. He said if the swelling isn't gone by Monday, they'll call in an oral surgeon to take care of things. I am really scared.

Answer:
I am also concerned that you might have a dental abscess if you have a large lump under your chin. Don't, absolutely don't skip your antibiotic pill! It is my guess that you may need to see an oral surgeon to drain this infection if things have not improved.

I don't want to scare you any more than you already are but when I hear that the infection has "traveled down your neck" you could have a real issue with your airway. If this doesn't improve in a day or so, or gets worse, you should go to the E.R. if you can't find an oral surgeon.

They are equipped to deal with this level of infection with their ENT specialists. I trust you will do the right thing since you know your body better than anyone else. Don't let a dental infection travel down your neck before you get help! Good luck and I hope I have given you some help.






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