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My jaw always locks if i chew gum. is this tmj?

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Dr. Richard Fuller answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Chewing causes swelling to develop in the TMJ and can cause it to lock. Try not to chew vigorously.

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Dr. Stanley Lin answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Tmj refers to the tempomandibular joint which everyone has. Tmd refers to tempomandibular disorder which is when people have their jaw lock or pain in the joint either from grinding their teeth or trauma to the jaw.

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Your description of "lockjaw" is either closed lock (limited opening) or open lock (cannot close.) the treatment is dependent on the duration, cause and other factors. The closed lock is a lot easier to treat. I would see a dentist/tmj specialist asap before it gets worse and takes a lot longer to treat.

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Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Yes. One form of TMJ. I wouldn't chew gum if it makes you jaw lock.

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Probably. Do 2 things: 1. Stop chewing gum if it causes repetitive trauma, and 2. See your Dentist or an Oral Surgeon.

Answered Aug 23, 2021

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