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3 fillings on left side, jaw hurts when mouth is wide open. What should I do ?

Hi, I went to the dentist Jan 7 2013 and had 3 fillings done on my left side and now my jaw hurts when I open my mouth wide and to bite down it feels like my jaw is dislocated it doesn t close smooth.what can it be and what should I do ? Also forgot to mention I went to the dentist maybe 2 weeks before and got fillings on my right side and it didn t leave my jaw hurting...Thank you in advanced
Asked On : Mon, 21 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Difficulty in mouth opening occurs due to any trauma, accident or can be due prolonged opening of the mouth at the time of dental treatment.
I would suggest you to take muscle relaxents for three days.
If your filled tooth is still hurting i would suggest you to go for an x-ray of the tooth, root canal treatment will be required.
Take a course of antibiotics and analgesics under the prescription of your Dentist.
Take multivitamin suplements.
Take lukewarm saline rinses.

Hope this helps out,

Answered: Fri, 2 Aug 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response

Thanks for writing to us.

Jaw pain while mouth opening too widely,may be due to dislocation of condyles.

I would suggest you to visit an oral surgeon and get clinical as well as x-ray evaluation done.

Jaws has to be immobilised for a while.

Intermaxillary fixation or splinting has to be done.

Hope this helps.
Answered: Thu, 1 Aug 2013
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Dentist Dr. Deepika Attresh's  Response
hello & welcome
according to your history its seems that you have some high points causing pain & difficulty in closing of mouth.
when filling is done sometime they get overfilled causing all these symptoms.
i will advise you to visit your dentist & get them reduced, you will get relief.
thanks & take care
Answered: Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,
Dislocation of jaw is only possible if you have undergone any trauma or accident, i suspect continuous opening of mouth for long time during the fillings is giving you muscular pain while opening the jaws.
you can have analgesic Tramadol 100 mg every 6 hours for pain relief for about 3 days.
if the pain does not subside with this. you need to see your dentist, get a x ray examination of the filled teeth and check for any remnant caries or pulpal involvement.
pupally involved teeth needs root canal treatment for complete pain relief. i hope this helps you.
take care.
Answered: Tue, 22 Jan 2013
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Dentist, Orthodontics Dr. Mrunal Meshram's  Response
thank you for sharing your concern
difficulty in mouth opening can be due to high points during restoration.
revisit your dentist for correction of filled teeth.
if it is due to TMJ (temperomandibular joint) ,you have to get clinical and radio logical examination done.
take analgesics and muscle relaxants under the prescription of dentist.
visit your dentist soon to identify the cause.
if any doubt , write us back
take care
Answered: Fri, 2 Aug 2013
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Dentist Dr. Neha Sumra's  Response
Thanks for writing in.
Your symptoms suggest that you have got dislocation of TMJ .It might have occurred because of some trauma or prolonged mouth opening or wide mouth opening while yawning.
You need to consult maxillofacial surgeon & get proper examination done.
Meanwhile you can take muscle relaxant.
Also do warm saline rinses.

Take Care
Answered: Fri, 2 Aug 2013
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Dentist Dr. Deepthi Reddy's  Response
Thank you for the query.
The history given by you suggests, you may be having over filled teeth restorations due to which you might have occlusal discrepency leading to dislocation of the tmj or clicking in the joint . I would advice you to see your dentist for the correction.
Hope this information helps you. take care.
Answered: Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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Dentist, Periodontics Dr. Palvi 's  Response
thanks for the query...
it is due to overfilled fillings...
visit your dentist again for proper clinical evaluation... and got your fillings reduced to the normal levels...
try to feel high points after he is done... and let him know also... so that he can do it properly...
take care...
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