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What is Jaw Joint Effusion?
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A Jaw Joint Effusion can cause lockjaw. You recognize diminished mouth opening and sometimes facial pain. Patients with a lockjaw are often very worried although the actual disease is mainly harmless. Jaw joint effusion refers to the collection of fluid and/or blood in the jaw joint. It can occur because of various reasons, including rheumatic conditions, mechanical injuries, and bad posture. The most common cause, however, is over straining of the joint from activities like extended and intensive opening of the mouth during dental checkups, or excessive yawning. A day after visiting the dentist, a patient may feel that his/her teeth are not fitting together correctly. He/she may also experience pain while opening the mouth. According to the cause, treatments vary. In general, cooling ice wraps and resting the joint for a few days helps. This means no chewing gum or food requiring intensive chewing. In addition, gentle mouth opening exercises should be performed. Usually cooling is sufficient as well as a slight painkiller. The symptoms are gone within a few days. If the pain when opening the mouth is still there please see a dentist!
Produced: 01/2011
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