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What causes your jaw to lock

A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Russell Lieblick
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 21 years experience
Closed lock: Probably an issue referred to as a TMJ closed lock. This is not dangerous and usually is a result of inflammation resulting from chronic bruxism (toot... Read More
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Oral Surgeon ASAP: If your jaw is locked closed for 2 days, you should see an oral surgeon to see if jaw manipulation is necessary. Ignoring this problem will likely lea... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
If done often: I assume cracking your jaw means intentionally causing popping and clicking in your tmj. There is a disk in the joint that can cause this noise. Yo... Read More
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Condyle: The cracking is called crepitus- the grating, crackling or popping sounds. The sound can be created when two rough surfaces in the human body come in... Read More
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
TMJ disk: Cracking of the jaw means the disk in the jaw joint is out of position. The triad of TMJ problems includes joint noised, limitation of opening (what y... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
TMD specialist: This is related to a problem with your jaw joint(s)- temporormandibular joints. Find a dentist with extensive training and experience in treating pat... Read More
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Disk problem: Likely the TMJ disk is out of position. This is an advanced TMJ condition. See a TMJ expert for evaluation/treatment. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25 years experience
Jaw locking: The joint itself is very mobile and the disk in the joint is very mobile as well. The disk is often out of proper position, as the disk attachments ma... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25 years experience
Jaw locking: The TMJ is a very mobile joint and the disk in the joint is very mobile as well. The disk is often out of proper position, as the disk attachments ma... Read More
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Please explain: Did you have tetnus in 2003, if those symtomps look like you had before? Let me know.
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
TMJ - TMD: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Headache, earache, neck pain and jaw pain are the c... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
TMJ: TMJ may be causing your symptoms. See your dentist or an oral surgeon for help
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
TMJoint problem: Most dentists have some knowledge regarding treatment of patients with tmjoint problems. Only a few have enough knowledge and experience to really tre... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Dillard
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 31 years experience
Not Lockjaw: Yeah, tetanus requires some kind of wound inoculating the skin with bacteria. But you may have a temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome. If thi... Read More

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