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Causes Of Jaw Lock
Displaced disk: Your jaw may be locked, which means that the articular disk that joins the upper and lower jaws (maxilla and mandible,) may be out of place. It may be displaced forward and does not allow the mandible to get back to its comfortable position and the lower teeth therefore do not come together. ...Read more
Https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Lockjaw Variety of causes, all serious. See a TMJ expert for guidance. 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 ...Read more
Displaced disk: The internal anatomy of the TMJ has a soft tissue disk that prevents bone on bone function. If this is displaced it can get in the way and prevent normal jaw function limiting opening and giving the sensation of a locked jaw. ...Read more
What would cause my jaw to "lock"? 18 yr old female. This is very p;ainful. It seems to lock, able to open mouth about 1-1 1/2 inches only.
Disc dislocation: A limitation in the ability to move the lower jaw suggests the dislocation of the disc in the jaw joint. When it has moved from its normal position, the jaw cannot move as well. It can occur on one or both sides. It may be associated with pain, but not necessarily. Non-surgical treatment is focused on stabilizing jaw position so the disc can return to its normal position and remain there. ...Read more
TMJ?: Not true lockjaw, but some street drugs cause clenching/grinding of jaw, which can cause TMJ problem. See dentist or TMJ expert to evalluate. 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. ...Read more
Unable to give husband oral sex cause of pain and jaw locking. I have TMJ. Is there anything I can do at home to prevent it?
TMJ dysfunction: Unfortunately there is nothing you can do at home other than applying moist heat to the jaw joints 15 minutes out of every hour. You need to see a dentist who specializes in tmj, get a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Tmd or tmj dysfuncti: Tmj dysfunction can often manifest in similar ways. The symptoms can include an itchy feeling in the ear to painful symptoms in the ear due to clenching and or grinding. The large muscle in front of the ear that is responsible for chewing and clenching can become tender due to overuse. If you touch the muscle body it can be painful and may radiate into the jaw or temples. Locking can occur. ...Read more
Jaw Pain, Popping: Popping of the jaw indicates a partially displaced disc in the jaw joint, or tmj. Locking up of the jaw results when the disc becomes completely displaced. Either of these can cause the jaw pain you describe. I recommend a soft diet, nsaid's and muscle relaxants at first, followed by a possible splint. If the problem persists, an MRI may be indicated. You may be a candidate for arthroscopy...More. ...Read more
Disc displacement: When your lower jaw goes to far back the disc is squeezed forward resulting in a displaced disc that will prevent you from being able to open. You will need to see a dentist to unlock the joint area by having you bite on an appliance that will distract your lower jaw down and reposition the disc which will allow easy opening or normal. ...Read more
TMJoint disc issue: The internal disc of your temporomandibular joint (s) which lies between the head of the condyle of your lower jaw and the glenoid fossa of your maxilla cannot function properly and gets trapped causing your jaw to lock open, closed or creates joint noises. ...Read more
I have an ear infection, and have had it for about a week or so, and it is causing me to have lock jaw. Is that normal?
Lock jaw is a buzz: Word for tetanus, but if you mean stiff temporomandibular joint (TMJ) then you may have an ear infection that has tracked itself down into a joint... A bad condition but not untreatable. Please proceed to the nearest healthcare provider for proper examination and diagnosis. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more
Closed lock: Probably an issue referred to as a TMJ closed lock. This is not dangerous and usually is a result of inflammation resulting from chronic bruxism (tooth grinding) while you are asleep at night. It will likely resolve on it's own, but may require a visit to an oral surgeon. You'll want to consult with your dentist for splint therapy to avoid this in the future and to protect your joints and teeth. ...Read more
Disk problem: Likely the TMJ disk is out of position. This is an advanced TMJ condition. See a TMJ expert for evaluation/treatment. 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. ...Read more
TMJ "closed lock": The TMJ disc remains trapped in front of the condyle resulting in limited condylar translation in the affected joint. The disorder is sometimes referred to as "closed lock." See an orofacial pain specialist for evaluation and preventive treatment. ...Read more
Jaw locking: The TMJ is a very mobile joint and the disk in the joint is very mobile as well. The disk is often out of proper position, as the disk attachments may have been stretched. What you feel is the jaw bone sliding over the displaced disk, a "catch" often with a popping noise as you open. The management of TMJ disk problems is usually conservative unless pain or decreased function or locking is severe. ...Read more
Why do my fingers and jaw lock as if being pulled by ligaments involuntarily? Tetnus issued in 2003. Happens when forcing in fingers. Jaw, randomly
Lockjaw and Tetanus: Stiffness in your jaw muscles, also called trismus, is usually the first symptom of tetanus to develop. This is sometimes known as lockjaw. However, if your issue was in 2003 other cause of trismus including dental infection could be the reason. See your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more
Clicking sound while chewing. Jaw lock often. Pain and headache what is the possible reasons other than tmj. And what is the risk of jaw surgeries?
TMJ - TMD: Temporo-mandibular disorder is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Headache, earache, neck pain and jaw pain are the common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain practitioner for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more
I have been experiencing wet sensations in the back of my head as well as ear pain, which is more intense on one side. I also get jaw lock and crackle?
TMJ: TMJ may be causing your symptoms. See your dentist or an oral surgeon for help ...Read more
Perhaps: Some ENT docs are knowledgeable about TMJ disorders. Many are not. You can probably find out if that MD can treat your problem with a phone call to the office. Most of the time, an oral surgeon would be better equipped by training and experience to handle the problem. ...Read more
What defines the cramping/lockjaw sensation caused by tetanus? I have a jaw and neck ache, but no difficulty opening mouth. Last tetanus shot was 2001. Did some soil gardening 8 days ago but no cuts.
Not tetanus: Fortunately, whatever you have is not tetanus. Lockjaw is associated with the bacterial condition of tetanus and is highly serious - wa high mortality rate. It is very rare. Most physicians have never seen a case of tetanus. In the absence of a wound and absence of severe symptoms, whatever you have, it is not a concern for tetanus. This could be just associated strain from your gardening activity. ...Read more
Multiple causes: The temporomandibular joint can get stuck from a variety of reasons. The most common cause are tight muscles in your neck and jaw. When these muscles press on nearby nerves, you can get dizziness, headachess, and ringing in your ears. After checking with your doctor, ice, heat, and massage can be helpful. ...Read more
My granddaughter been sent to oesteopath with suspected lockjaw maybe cause by having head suction at birth. Is this easily cured. She is 6 weeks old?
Odd question: Lockjaw is the lay term for tetanus, a neurological condition caused by toxins from an infection. It is not caused by head suction. Wry neck, where the kid holds the head to one side with stiffness in the neck muscles, might arise from birth trauma to the neck muscles. Since you use terms that seem out of place, further comment on cause and success of treatment are too speculative to be helpful. ...Read more
Lockjaw is a lay term that refers to tetanus, a bacterial infection which leads to muscle paralysis.
You are probably referring to a "locked Jaw" a Jaw joint problem. If so, no. You would have restriction of oral opening, usually accompanies by jaw pain. For this, see a TMJ specialist. ...Read more
Tmj: Sounds like you may have some displacement of the soft tissue internal jaw joint structures. You should consult with your dentist. ...Read more
Not yet lockjaw: Sounds like your jaw muscles may be going into spasm and the clicking specially if painful could be a sign of TMJ dysfunction. Switch to a softer diet temporarily, jaw rest, moist heat should help. But you do need to be evaluated by a dentist familiar with TMJ problems. Or you could consult with an oral surgeon. ...Read more