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A 33-year-old member asked:

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

5 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Fuller
Dentistry 43 years experience
Yes: 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
Dentistry 18 years experience
TMD: 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
Dentistry 46 years experience
Yes: 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
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Yes: Yes. One form of TMJ. I wouldn't chew gum if it makes you jaw lock.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Probably. Do 2 things: 1. Stop chewing gum if it causes repetitive trauma, and 2. See your Dentist or an Oral Surgeon.
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