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A 31-year-old member asked:

jaw locking and can't open it. what can i do to open it up?

5 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
See Oral Surgeon: See your oral surgeon for evaluation.This is likely a muscle spasm causing you to be closed locked.If you are experiencing this at home, apply moist heat to your muscles on the sides of your face and massage them from the top of your headto the sides in front of the ears down to the bottom of the jaw.If this is chronic, you may need muscle relaxants and antiinflammatories to interrupt the spasms.
Dr. James Vito
Prosthodontics 37 years experience
See a dentist: Your jaw may be dislocated . You want to see an oral surgeon who can replace the jaw back in its socket. Then you want to see an experienced dentist to ascertain why this happened and develop a plan to prevent its re occurrence.
Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
See a dentist: Start off with seeing a dentist. They should be able to determine the severity of the problem and get started on treatment.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Oral surgeon: Advanced TMJ problem with disk locked out. You may need jaw manipulation, arthrocentesis, or arthroscopic surgery of your TMJ. See board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon with TMJ surgery skills.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Stop: Stop trying to force it open, you can only do more damage. See an Oral Surgeon to help you reposition the displaced disc in your joint. Then a determination has to be made as to what caused the dislocationn, and cause must be treated.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

I have locked jaw, what should I do?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Locked Jaw: Lock jaw is due to the disorder of temporomandibular joint, and you can not fool around with it.You need to see an oral surgeon who will advice you what treatment to pursue.You can also consult your dentist.Some time it is due to degenerative disease of the joint and non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs may help.But see the specialist.
Dr. David Satloff
Pain Management 40 years experience
reposition displaced meniscus and unload the joint with an othotic
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A 44-year-old member asked:

Why is my jaw locking when I wake up?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry 39 years experience
Possible parafunctio: One reason might be that you are grinding your teeth (or clenching) at night. You need to see a dentist to find out the exact reason for you.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Why is my jaw locking constantly?

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Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Jaw locking up: If your jaw is locking closed, it generally means that the disc in the jaw joint may be displaced. If your jaw is locking open, that means that the jaw is itself becoming dislocated, which is much less common. For a closed lock that fails to respond to simple measures, it has been shown through many studies that the most effective treatment is TMJ arthrocentesis or arthroscopy, to unlock the jaw.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What can I do about my jaw locking up.?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Keep open and slide: This is due to dysfunction of the temporal mandibular joint just below the ear. The cartilage catches on the other side of the joint and clicks as the joint moves. Sometimes the cartilage catches the other side and the jaw locks. If this starts to happen, do not try to close the morth - but keep it open, rock the joint from side to side and yawn and usually the jaw will snap into place.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What can I do about my jaw locking up besides ice?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Jaw locking up: If your jaw is locking closed, it generally means that the disc in the jaw joint may be displaced. If your jaw is locking open, that means that the jaw is itself becoming dislocated, which is much less common. For a closed lock that fails to respond to simple measures, it has been shown through many studies that the most effective treatment is TMJ arthrocentesis or arthroscopy, to unlock the jaw.

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