A 45-year-old female asked:
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my jaw tenses up and won't release on one side . it doesn't lock up its just really tight. could i have tmj without the clicking ?

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Dr. Sal Aragona
40 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Some joint displacement and pterygoid hypertrophy (jaw tightness) are usually the result of chronic nocturnal (nighttime) clenching. These nighttime events create tremendous muscle force and activity that can be at play. Find a dentist trained in treating jaw tension with a nti devise.
Answered on Mar 3, 2014
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
52 years experience Orthodontics
MFP: You might have myofacial pain dysfunction syndrome or a dysfunctional joint. May have to do with your occlusion and/or parafunctional habits (grinding/clenching). See your dentist who may also want thou to see an orthodontist.
Answered on Mar 3, 2014
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Dr. John Calvert
35 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Tmd can have a variety of symptoms. Tight jaw muscles are what creates the tension in the jaw joint (tmj). These tight jaw muscles are a result from clenching and/or grinding at night as the previous dr. Correctly stated. Usually what is causing the muscles to contract at night putting this strain on the muscles, joint and teeth is a response of the muscles to a bite imbalance. See TMJ specialist.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: Yes. TMJ is a collection of disorders, some of which exist without clicking. See an oral surgeon for expert advice.
Answered on Mar 18, 2015
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Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience Dentistry
Seeing a tmj expert is key.. not all oral surgeons know the tmj as well as Dr Gallia..
Mar 18, 2015

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