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1 7th March 01:34
phillip mannion
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Default Can't open jaw properly (jaw down ibuprofen larynx)


Hi,

I'd like people's opinions on this, please.

I went to see my dentist nearly two weeks ago to have a crown fitted on a
lower left molar. Since then I haven't been able to open my mouth wide,
which means eating is difficult, cleaning my teeth, even yawning! If I try
to open too wide I get a lot of pain onthe left side of my face at the level
of the joint and higher. Headaches all the time since.

Can't really be a coincidence, I feel. but does anyonehave any opinions as
to what has happened? Damage to CN V by the injection? Damage to the joint
by having the crown pressed down hard into place while the jaw was wide
open?

I've been taking ibuprofen for a week hoping for an improvement, but there
has been none. Next week I will see my doctor about it, and I'm also going
to be seeing anorthodontist - not for me, but my daughter. I know this man,
and I'll ask his opinion, too. But I wondered what people here feel.

I don't know what to do next. I'm considering seeing an osteopath I know,
too. He specialises in work on the larynx and voice - I'm a speech and
language therapist myself, so this is all highly ironic, but it hurts too
much for me to appreciate the irony right now.

rgds

Phillip
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2 7th March 01:35
phillip mannion
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Default Can't open jaw properly (jaw headache ibuprofen larynx)


Hi,

(I tried posting this yesterday, but I think it failed. If two of them
suddenly appear, please accept my apologies.)


I'd like people's opinion on a jaw problem I have had since seeing my
dentist two weeks ago. I can open my jaw, but not very far, and if I try to
force it I get a lot of pain above the joint. This makes eating a problem,
cleaning my teeth, even yawning! I've had a headache constantly since.

What happened was I was having a crown fitted on a lower left molar. I
wonder what has been damaged - CN V by the injection, or the (masseter?)
muscle, or the joint itself by the dentist pressing the crown into place
while my mouth was wide open?

At first I just hoped it would go away, but I've been taking ibuprofen for a
week now, with no effect. I intend to see my doctor in the next couple of
days, and I'll be discussing it with an orthodontist I know. I'll also try
an osteopath who specialises in the larynx and the voice. But I would like
to hear any opinions from the people here as I suspect most general
practitioners will not have much experience of this.

rgds

Phillip
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3 7th March 08:35
dr steve
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No way to tell from a distance.

What you describe most likely is a muscle spasm. If you have been clenching
forcefully at night for a long time, your muscles may have been on the verge
of going into spasm. Holding your mouth open for a normal dental
appointment may have been just enough extra stress to get the muscle to
tighten up. I generally treat this with an NTI device.

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