A 66-year-old male asked:
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I have jaw pain. The pain got aggravated by (accaccidentally) opening my mouth too wide. Can opening my mouth too wide cause my jaw to be dislocated?

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Dr. Steven Simon
37 years experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Yes it can: The temporal mandibular joint is a complex hinged joint. Since it allows you open the mouth by lowering the mandible (lower jaw) it can dislocate or cause spasm to floor,of the moth muscles by hyper opening. This may be able to be replaced via manipulation.,see a dentist for evaluation, although is learned it in PMR residency
Answered on Sep 11, 2018

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