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Posted by David on August 22, 2000 at 23:30:19:

In Reply to: Re: Crown replacement and now can't open jaw to eat posted by Andrea on August 22, 2000 at 16:11:19:

: : 8 days ago I was in the dental chair to get a crown redone. This was no big deal to me because I had had it done once before and didn't even need to be numbed. This time I didn't need it, yet again no big deal to me. After having one injection the tooth was still sensitive to air, so he gave me another. I was numb and walked out of the office (most likely drooling on myself) with a new filling on a bottom molar. Later that day, once I could feel my mouth, I realized that I couldn't open it very far. I called the office on the day after the crown replacement and they said something about it being normal and to call back if it still hurt in 2 days (and to take Advil and apply heat). 2 days later it still hurt to open my mouth to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich, so I called back and made an appointment to go in the next morning. My dentist said something about it being normal and the injections had to go through more muscle to numb the lower part of the jaw and that these things heal in time. He also said that since my jaw dislocates when I open it all the way (and my oral surgeon doesn't like when I open it all the way either) that I am more susceptible to things like this. Well, it's been 8 days, 8 freakin' days! I still have a hard time with peaunut butter and jelly and it's not getting any better. I can only take Advil and things for 10 days straight, so I feel as if I'm running out of options, what do I do? Is this normal? I'm leaving to go back to college in a few days and I really don't want this. Somebody please respond

: Ok, the dentist just called me back and said that it's called trismus. If in another week it's not better apparently that's the time to worry.

Hey Andrea-
I'd be worried now. If it is trismus, without some sort of exercise,
the muscle could get lazy, and this could prolong your recovery time.
There are exercises that the dentist should have mentioned, such as
with tongue depressor sticks, lateral jaw movements, moderate gum
chewing, moist heat, etc. But you need to get that information from
him. It is possible that the problem will heal by itself in 2 weeks,
but it seems that some physical therapy/rehabilitation is also

Just my opinion, though. I could be wrong.

Good Luck-

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