The difficulty in opening the mouth is referred to as trismus and commonly lockjaw. It is a painful condition in which the jaw muscles contract or sometimes become inflamed, preventing the mouth from opening completely. Trismus usually occurs when there is damage or injury to the jaw muscles.
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Why am I unable to chew and open my mouth after a new tooth has started to erupt in my mouth?
Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old. I have a new tooth that is erupting. But, the tooth is covered with soft tissue, and the area is painful to touch. Also, I am unable to chew food on that side, and sometimes, I am unable to open my mouth. What should I do? Kindly suggest. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Wisdom tooth starts erupting between 18 to 21 years of age. A partially erupted tooth is covered with soft tissue called gingiva that causes food lodgment between the tooth and gums. The condition is called pericoronitis. A tooth impacted ... Read Full »
I have constant pain, swelling, and discomfort after extraction of my wisdom tooth. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I had wisdom teeth on left side removed on last week. Since then I had constant pain, very noticeable swelling and discomfort. Recently I have noticed that I cannot open my mouth fully, and also I had a bitter liquid spread in my mouth, which I still feel. I have been taking tablet Aceta... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query, What you are currently going through is a condition known as post extraction socket, which if not treated in a timely manner can result in joint problems in addition to restricted mouth opening also known as trismus and joint issues apart from d... Read Full »
I used to consume tobacco ten years ago, but now I am unable to open my mouth. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor,I am unable to open my mouth with more than two fingers size. I used to consume Rajnigandha pan masala about a year ago, but I quitted when the symptoms stared. Please help me.Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are going through the problem because of pan masala, and once you have stopped, kindly do not start retaking it. For now, take a multivitamin for 15 days, do warm water and salt mouth rinse at least four to five times a day, and just a... Read Full »
Can tobacco chewing cause difficulty in mouth opening?
Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from mouth problem. My mouth does not open fully. I used to chew tobacco before. So how can I get rid of the disease? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per your query and presentation of symptoms of reduced mouth opening can be due to most common reason that is oral submucous fibrosis in which there is a formation of thick fibrous bands below the mucosa of cheeks and lips leading to stiffening and difficulty in mout... Read Full »
I cannot normally open my mouth after wisdom tooth removal and have earache. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, My lower right wisdom tooth was removed ten days back. I got my stitches removed three days back. But, I cannot normally open my mouth like before, and sometimes I suffer from earache. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Wisdom tooth extraction often leads to difficulty opening the mouth for quite some time. You need to wait for at least two more weeks for complete healing. To improve the mouth opening, you can start with warm saline gargles at least five to six times a day for a wee... Read Full »
I have jaw stiffness and difficulty swallowing and opening my mouth. Is that due to Haloperidol withdrawal?
Query: Hello doctor, I was taking tablet Haloperidol 1.5 mg per day for six months. I have stopped it for 1.5 months. My heartbeat at rest is sometimes 80 to 95. My blood pressure was high at noontime at 130/97. I can not focus; I am tired, dizzy, and unbalanced when standing up. I recently had a heart pal... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your query. It looks like you have developed the side effects of the tablet Haloperidol. It looks like you have features of drug-induced Parkinson's and milder side effects of lightheadedness. You need an alternative medication. Kindly revert to your psy... Read Full »
I am unable to open my mouth fully. What should I do?
Query: Hello doctor,I had a jaw lock on the right side of my face but yesterday I fell and the left side of the jaw is in pain. I cannot eat or open my mouth all the way. Also, my tooth has been pushed down. So, I do not know what to do. I am really upset and I am crying now. Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.This can be due to a dislocated jaw post trauma or a fracture. So, first, get an X-ray done. Then only the exact cause can be ruled out.You can take painkillers like Ibuprofen to reduce pain and inflammation.Do cool compresses over the cheek.Regards. Read Full »
Can chewing tobacco cause reduced mouth opening?
Query: Hi doctor, I can barely open my mouth up to three fingers space. Is it bad or normal? I have never noticed this before, only recently I happen to see this. I chew tobacco. Is that causing it? Is it serious? Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your problem is very common amongst regular tobacco chewers. Tobacco, beetle nuts, etc., especially when mixed with limestone, damages the mouth walls on the sides if it is frequently placed. This frequent injury and healing process forms scar tissue of fibroblasts origi... Read Full »
Why do I have difficulty opening my mouth after wisdom tooth removal?
Query: Hi doctor, Eight days ago, my top right wisdom tooth was removed. Now, I am struggling to open my mouth or jaw. I can talk, but eating is difficult. When I went back to the dentist, he said there was a little hole in the extraction site and filled it with a paste. He also gave me antibiotics. The pa... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There may be a problem with the socket itself, which has not healed properly. If you cannot eat, then it is not a good sign. You need to ask your doctor to take an x-ray of the socket once. Also, there may be chances that the anesthesia is still working in the mouth ... Read Full »
Will toothache with swelling cause restricted mouth opening?
Query: Hi doctor, I had a toothache, a top rearmost tooth on the right-hand side. And I had gotten rid of it with Ibuprofen four days ago. But now I have a new problem. My right cheek has inflamed and painful. It also hurts when I open my mouth wide enough to even let a spoon in so I can barely eat. That ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query. As per your history, I suspect it is a third molar infection as it leads to restricted mouth opening. I suggest you take the following medications: 1) Tablet Amoxyclav (Amoxicillin with Clavulanic acid) 625 mg, one tablet twice a day afte... Read Full »