I have had a heck of a time the last two weeks. Making a long story short in a two week period I ended up having 2 extracts on the lower right side. I have had three rounds of injections in the mandibular joint. I have a stiff jaw, hard to open wide enough to eat, sore but no visible swelling. Back in the 80's I was a chairside assistant and seem to remember something about gently chewing gum to exercise th e joint and get it to loosen. Is this still ok? How long can I expect it to take for my jaw to loosen up enough to eat with out difficulty?
Been there! Had three wisdom teeth done at one time. I did what was finally suggested and chewed gum and applied warm compresses to the side of my jaw at the angle.
My mouth would only open about 1/4" for over a month! After being told, chewing gum and compresses helped alot. Wished someone had told me sooner! It was a pizza and liquid diet for longer than I wanted! LOL
Good luck. Chew sugarless and try some rice placed in a thin sock that you can heat in the microwave about 1 minute. It really holds the heat.
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