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A 16-year-old female asked:

my jaw has been locked for over 2 weeks now but i have tried everything. baths, mouth guards, and my doctors don't know how to help. help?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Olakitan Akinjagunla
Specializes in Internal Medicine
ENT: Warm compresses to this area and pay a visit to the ENT specialist
Dr. David Satloff
Pain Management 40 years experience
See ICCMO doctor: You have a loaded TM joint with displaced disc. You will need arthrocentesis flushing of the joint, followed by jaw manipulation to reduce disc and insertion of a neuromuscular orthotic. See a ICCMO ( international college of craniomandibular orthopedics) trained dentist for treatment.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Why is my jaw locking and clicking everytime I open my mouth?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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T%MJ dysfunction: This is due to dysfunction of the temporal mandibular joint just below the ear. The cartilage catches on the other side of the joint and clicks as the joint moves. Sometimes the cartilage catches the other side and the jaw locks. If this starts to happen, do not try to close the morth - but keep it open, rock the joint from side to side and yawn and usually the jaw will snap into place.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Why is my jaw locking and clicking everytime I open my mouth wide?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
TMJ problem: This is due to dysfunction of the temporal mandibular joint just below the ear. The cartilage catches on the other side of the joint and clicks as the joint moves. Sometimes the cartilage catches the other side and the jaw locks. If this starts to happen, do not try to close the morth - but keep it open, rock the joint from side to side and yawn and usually the jaw will snap into place.
A 34-year-old member asked:

I have been unable to open my mouth past 25% for over a week. Left side of jaw is locked is there any way to get it unlocked? Starting to freak out

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Freak OUT!: This is definitely a cause for concern. This could be a simple as severe tmj.. If you are having pain in the jaw region.. Near the ear.. It could be that. However, as a specialist, my first concern would be to make sure there is not a mass that is irritating the muscles that open the jaw or are just preventing the jaw from opening. You need to be seen by a local ENT asap!
A 42-year-old member asked:

Sometimes when i open my mouth wide enough, my jaw locks itself (but it's rare). Does this mean I have tmj?

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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes: If your jaw locks open, it is because the articular disc has move from its normal position to prevent jaw closure. For this to occur, the structures holding the disc firmly in place have stretched. So, physical changes to the joint imply a disease process has occurred. Only you can decide if you would like to keep things from worsening before you develop full TMJ symptoms.
A 33-year-old member asked:

My jaw locks and when i open my mouth it sounds like it pops. Is this bad?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Yes: You suffer from tmd (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). See a dentist with extensive training and experience treating patients with this disorder to discuss palliative and conservative treatment options.

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