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A 32-year-old female asked:

oral surg said i have pretty significant arthritis in my jaw. what dose this mean? i'm 32 how is this poss? how will it effect me? treatable?

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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
Osteoarthrosis: of TMJ is an inflammatory degenerative disorder of the TMJ that is characterized by deterioration of the articular tissues and remodeling of the underlying subchondral bone. The bony changes can result from mechanical overloading (gum chewing) of the joint but may also occur secondary to an articular disc displacement. If concerned see an orofacial pain specialist near you: http://www.aaop.org/

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A 31-year-old female asked:

My jaw keeps clicking and locking if I open it wide to eat and hurts sometimes my dentist said it could be arthritis what can I do to stop this?

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
TMJ/TMD: There is a good possibility that you have TMJ/TMD. A jaw that clicks or pops upon opening or closing or locks (closed- limited opening, open- hard to close, ) is usually a sure sign of a disk that is displaced which is a major symptom of TMJ. I would see a TMJ specialist. Try not to manipulate or force your jaw open or closed on your own. You can tear the disk and create a permanent injury.

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