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A 45-year-old member asked:

my jaw clicks really loud when i chew. does this indicate lockjaw?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 50 years experience
Movable disc: There is a disc in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that separates the lower jaw from the socket in the skull. If the disc or its ligaments are injured or stretched, the disc can 'pop' out of position during opening or closing. This makes a 'clicking' sound when it occurs. This is a temporomandibular joint disorder (tmj). A dentist can evaluate this problem and possibly correct it.
Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
TMJ Disorder likely: It sounds like you are experiencing temporomadibular joint disorder. This disorder can come and go throughout a lifetime or become constant. Signs of tmd are pain in the jaw, ear aches, headaches, popping and clicking, and can cause your jaw to lock. This condition is usually brought on by stress, however can develop overtime if your dental bite is not properly aligned. I suggest a prosthodontist.
Dr. Manuel Sousa
Orthodontics 46 years experience
Tmj: Sounds like you may have some displacement of the soft tissue internal jaw joint structures. You should consult with your dentist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Displaced TMJ Disc: Displaced TMJ disk. See a TMJ expert for advice. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

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Can you get lock jaw more than once?

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Dr. Ester Kwok
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?tetanus ?TMJ: Do you really mean lock jaw as in tetanus? Or do you mean your jaw locks as in TMJ (jaw problems)? It is rare to get tetanus twice unless one is not keeping up with the tetanus shots every ten years and is in an occupation/hobby which exposes one to tetanus. On the other hand, if one has TMJ problems, the jaw can lock up on multiple occasions. In this case, see a TMJ physical therapist or doctor.
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Can street drugs cause lock jaw?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
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See below: I am assuming you are referring to true lockjaw caused by tetanus. The answer is that anything can be infected with the tetanus bacilli and if you inject something contaminated with the tetanus bacillus, then yes, you can develop lockjaw.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What exactly is lock jaw? How can I get help for it?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Several causes: Lock jaw or the inability to open or close the lower jaw can be related to a number of causes. An infection, spasm of the muscles that control the opening and closing of the lower jaw, a broken jaw that did not heal correctly, and problems associated with the meniscus or disc in the TMJ are some possible causes.
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What causes lock jaw?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Several causes: Lock jaw or the inability to open or close the lower jaw can be related to a number of causes. An infection, spasm of the muscles that control the opening and closing of the lower jaw, a broken jaw that did not heal correctly, and problems associated with the meniscus or disc in the TMJ are some possible causes.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How to fix my lock jaw?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Depends on the cause: Lock jaw or the ability to open and close the lower jaw may occur from a number of different causes. The recommended course of treatment is dependent upon the cause.

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