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    June 25, 2009
    What causes a tight feeling in the jaw?
    Worried Worried
    June 25, 2009

    Eight days ago I had the remains of a root canal extracted (#18).  The site of the tooth seems to be healing well; however, in the last 2-3 days I have been experiencing tightness in my jaw and having difficulty opening my mouth fully.  What is going on?

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  • lgh426 June 25, 2009
    lgh426
    June 25, 2009

    your jaw muscles are probably in spasm.  You can put warm compress on your face and it will help.  The muscles are not happy they had to stretch and stay open for the root canal so not they are fighting back.  As long as ther is no pain at the root canal site, that's probably what it is.  You can massage your face gently after you put the warm compresses on it.  Leave them on for about 5 min. and gently open your mouth too.  If it continues to get worse or this doesn't help I would call your dentist.

    Good luck

    lgh426 

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