A 35-year-old member asked:
pain in ear while swallowing, jaw appears to be 'locked.' what is the best treatment for this?
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Dentistry 47 years experience
Jaw Joint pain: Clicking, popping and jaw locking are common signs of temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. It is to only one in the body that actually disarticulates it also works in tandem with the opposite side tmj.
The anatomy includes a cartilage disc , between the head of the jaw and the base of the skull. The disc and its ligaments get damaged in life and locks up the movement. See a TMJ dds/dmd.
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Last updated Aug 27, 2017
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