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The right side of my jaw has been locking multiple times a day, making it difficult to eat. i tried using a mouth guard but problem persists. advice?

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Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Please find a TMJ specialist. You are describing signs of TMJ issues and this can be managed or even treated. Watch caffeine & sugar in your diet, place moist heat in front of your ear and temple this will help manage pain, stop the night guard (if over the counter) as it may be making things worse and most importantly find a dentist that can help you.

Answered Dec 19, 2015

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Dr. Lance Panarello answered

Specializes in Dentistry

What type of mouth guard? Different types treat different problems. Limit very chewey foods, ex, bagel, pizza crust, gum, ice. No biting of fingernails. If you can find a dentist who does Botox for tmj, they can in some cases provide much quicker relief.

Answered Apr 12, 2020

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Dr. Stephen Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

You need to see a dentist who treats TMJ problems. Dont use an over the counter mouthguard. Stay on soft diet, limit the amount of mouth opening, take anti-inflammatories (like advil) as directed, and see a dentist for definitive treatment (muscle relaxants and/or a hard surface flat plane guard properly adjusted. (may take several appts.).

Answered Jun 10, 2014

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

The cartelagenous disc in your jaw joint is probably displaced. If left untreated may result in chronic damage. Please see your Dentist for evaluation, treatment, or referral.

Answered Jun 15, 2017

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Have you had the TMJ examined by your dentist or oral surgeon? Possible TMJ involvement may cause these symptoms. Did you have a traumatic incident such as a car accident that can be a variable or contributing factor.

Answered Jun 17, 2017

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Dr. Howard Schneider answered

Specializes in Pediatric Dentistry

The muscles and ligaments that cause your jaw to move are not working smoothly. A physical therapist may be able to help. If you chew gum stop. Eat softer foods next 2-3 weeks. Apply moist heat to the joint area. Stress plays a big role in triggering TMJ problems. Find activities to help reduce your stress level. See your dentist for more detailed help.

Answered Jun 17, 2017

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