Still Problems To Open The Jaw After Dental Treatment. Has Anyone Ever Had Trismus?
Looks like I am suffering from Trismus. This term refers to mouth and jaw opening problems. I had a dental treatment behind me as I mentioned earlier and I also had some appointments as the dentist wanted to check out the wound healing and he removed bone fragments from the wound.
I told the dentist that I have problems with my jaw and to open the mouth. The mouth corner was a little bit torn after the first big treatment but I had this problem for a week and then was everything ok. But I still couldn´t and I still can´t open my mouth and the jaw. The dentist said that I would suffering from Trismus as the jaw musculature is strained due to the treatment. He said this would go away over time and I should just practice to open the mouth, even if it hurts, I should try to open my mouth with the fingers until it hurts. Not too far, but he said I should practice this carefully each day.
I did that over the last week and I must say it hurts and I have a numb right cheek after the exercises similar as if I got a local anesthesia. It´s annyoing. But now the biggest problem is that it seems that it´s getting worse after the exercises. I now can open my mouth only 0.5 inches (1,5 cm). This sounds funny but I noticed today that it is not possible to eat a hamburger anymore unless I could the hamburger in tiny pieces. To be honest, this sucks.
Sometimes I do even bump with the fork on my teeth while eating anything. You think you can open you mouth as always but it is not possible and this is why you hit your teeth with the fork. It´s awful, really awful.
The first dental treatment was on January 23 and we now have February 26 and it gets worse. When I visited the dentist again last week, he said he would not be able to go on with my other teeth until I can´t open the mouth properly. He said he would give me two more weeks and the appointment is next Monday on March 3. This is in a few days and I will tell him the same as before. I still can´t open the mouth correctly as I still suffer from Trismus. And that since over a month now.
I wonder what he will tell me next. Last time he said it is a temporary condition but temporary is a very broad definition! Maybe there is not only a problem with my jaw musculature? Maybe there is an injection or maybe even something with the nerve? I am very worried after reading on Wikipedia about Trismus that a dental Trismus is characterized by a difficulty in opening the jaw, but that this is a temporary condition with a duration usually not longer than two weeks. My Trismus absolutely exceeded the two weeks. What is so unusual in my case?
I am not sure if it makes sense to wait until Monday. Maybe I should visit the Dentist again tomorrow since it is worse after his suggested exercises. Have you ever had a Trismus after a dental treatment? What´s you experience?