best home remedy for lock jaw on my right side?

What is the best home remedy for lock jaw on my right side???

My dentist told me take 600mg of ibuprofen every 4 hours and massage with warm compress every 20 minutes. He said try this for 5 days and if it doesn't get better, he might give me muscle relaxers...

What is your opinion???


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Home Remedy for Lock Jaw
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello, a locked jaw is a difficult condition to treat. Sometimes it takes several weeks to unlock a joint. When I have a patient that has not unlocked after 6 weeks, I send them to the Oral Surgeon to do a Arthrocentisis procedure.

Your joint tissues can develope adhesions which kind of bonds or permanently sticks your jaw in the locked position. So, you don't want to go longer than 6 six weeks with a locked jaw...go seek help at that point, if not sooner.

The recommendation that you recieved from your Dentist is good and appropriate. You can also try to increase the chances to unlock by wearing an appliance. The best appliance for lock jaw might be an Anterior Repositioning upper splint. Although a normal Flat planed acrylic splint with anterior contact is good as well.

You can try the modified TMJ Appliance found on this website. It should help. If not, go see a TMJ Dentist to help you.

Thank you for asking.

Dr. Spainhower

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