Lockjaw happens when muscle spasms cause the jaw to remain tightly closed. Any attempt to open the jaw is very painful. When lockjaw is a complication of tetanus, it can take weeks or even months for the condition to clear. When it is related to TMJ or another oral health issue, it will recur until you get proper TMJ treatment.
Tetanus Infection a Common Cause
While tetanus is often considered the primary cause of lockjaw, it is actually less common than jaw stiffness caused by misalignment, bruxism, and other oral health issues. However, when a tetanus infection is the cause, immediate medical attention is needed.
When a TMJ Disorder is an Underlying Cause
If you have been diagnosed with TMJ or another oral health disorder and you develop lockjaw, call Pasadena Pain Management immediately. We will be able to provide near-instant relief through various muscle relaxation treatments, while working on a larger treatment plan to address underlying causes.
While you’re waiting for your appointment, there are some things you can do in the meantime, to help alleviate your discomfort.
- Take over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen and naproxen
- Use a warm washcloth or compress on your jaw to relax the muscles
- Gently massage your jaw. You can view some easy jaw exercise and massage techniques HERE.
Emergency Appointments for Dental or Jaw Pain
We make every effort to see patients experiencing dental pain and trauma in the shortest amount of time possible, but we are not a 24/7 facility. We will schedule patients experiencing dental emergencies for same-day appointments when possible.
If you are experiencing jaw pain, lockjaw, or another dental emergency, please call us at Pasadena Pain Management at 626-773-8333 to schedule an appointment right away.
About Pasadena Pain Management
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.