I am having terrible trouble with the right side of my jaw since my dentist visit two weeks ago. I was to have a simple cleaning done on the right side with the help of freezing. I was given a numbing injection and felt a shock go through my lower lip and up into my head. Now I am left with a ‘locked’ feeling in my jaw on my right side, I can no longer bring my bottom teeth out and up to meet my top teeth ( I have an overbite) and my ear is in pain. I have contacted my dentist twice who has told me to stretch my jaw, use warm compresses and take advil and or muscle relaxers. I can not eat food that isn’t ‘flat’ so I can just slide it in without needing to open wide, and the right side aches all the time. I am suppose to have the left side cleaned this week and I am terrified. I do admit that the motion in my jaw is about 10% better with stretching, but it's not enough to live a normal everyday life. It's been 2 1/2 weeks since this procedure.
Glad its getting better. It may take up to a month for the muscles to relax and loosen up. Definitely do the stretches, eat a soft diet, take your advil on time andtry to use warm compresses to help you stretch it out. Unfortunately there's not alot that can be done with a locked jaw. Also, I would recommend avoiding the cleaning for now as you can't open very wide.
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