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Jaw Pain - Trismus Disorders

Question:
My brother kicked me in the face 6 months ago, and ever since my jaw would click when I would chew gum and other such stuff. Four days ago I went to the dentist and my mouth was open really wide for around 2 and half hours.

After the novacaine or whatever they used wore off, I cannot open my mouth more than an inch. It is extremely hard to brush my teeth and floss and eat. I was just wondering if there is anything I can do to fix it. ...Visitor from WA

Answer:
It is important to break the cycle of pain, and the best way that I have found to do this is by using what is called a TENS unit. This machine electronically relaxes the jaw muscles and allows us to find what else should be done to maintain comfort (TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Neuromuscular Stimulation).

If left alone, your muscles will try to accommodate the spasm, and it may not resolve, leaving you in discomfort indefinitely. Look us up at www.eagleridgedental.com for more information.






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