Wisdom teeth

I'm getting my wisdom teeth out in a couple of weeks and I have a couple of things that I didn't think about until now. My biggest one is that I think I have TMJ because my jaw tends to painfully lock when I open my mouth too wide but then it goes back within a few seconds. It also tends to click a lot. I know I'll have to open my mouth wide during the procedure so I'm really worried my jaw will lock during it. My second question is the least of my worries but I'm wondering if I'm allowed to listen to music during the procedure. I'm a bit worried that I'll panic with every sound I hear. Any answers will help!

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Answer: lock jaw

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

It is important to let the treating dentist or oral surgeon know that you have issues with lock jaw.  They can provide you with a bite block during your appointment that will allow you to rest on, taking the stress off your temporomandibular joint and surrounding muscles.  They may advise you be on a muscle relaxer or anti-inflammatory over-the-counter medication prior to your appointment as well.  This can relax your jaw muscles and reduce inflammation after the procedure.  You can call and ask the receptionist to have someone call you back prior to your surgery with their recommendations.  Usually the treating dentist will not have an issue with you listening to music during the procedure.  Having you comfortable makes their job much easier.  Arrive at your appointment prepared and ask the dental assistant that will be working with you throughout your procedure if listening to music is permitted.  He/she may also offer you additional amenities to keep you relaxed and comfortable.

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