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Jaw Locking (Definition)

Jaw locking is when the temporo-mandibular joint, aka: the TMJ (everyone has two) gets stuck out of position. Usually because one opens so wide that part of the joint on one's jaw (the condyle) gets stuck in front of the cartilage in the joint (disc) or bone in front of the joint's pivot point (the articular eminence). This is a highly complex and critical joint; if you have problems, consult ...Read more


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Left side jaw locking up?

Left side jaw locking up?

Disc displacement: You may have Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome with damage and displacement of the cartilaginous disc in the joint. See Dentist to determine cause (anatomical, parafunctional habit, malocclusion, hx of trauma, etc.) and treatment of the cause. ...Read more

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Is my locked jaw temporary?

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

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Why is my jaw locking daily?

Why is my jaw locking daily?

TMJ problem: 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. ...Read more

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How can you unlock a locked jaw?

How can you unlock a locked jaw?

Locked Jaw: Many things can cause a jaw to lock. It can lock closed, or open. If it's locked closed, it's usually due to a displaced disc in the jaw joint. An MRI may be indicated, which would reveal the problem. If it's truly locked closed, muscle relaxants, nsaid's and perhaps splint therapy may be tried. However, surgery (tmj arthroscopy) is most effective at restoring full range of motion without pain.... ...Read more

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How I fix my locked jaw problem?

How I fix my locked jaw problem?

You will need help: Your jaw is probably dislocated. You will need to see your dentist or your doctor may refer you to someone else who can help you. You will need to see if you can unlock the dislocation (decompression mechanics) and reach a stable and functional position. Verify the stable positioin and then treat to this relationship to maintain this stability and manage your dysfunction. ...Read more

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Why is my jaw locking constantly?

Why is my jaw locking constantly?

Disk out: Jaw joint disk out of position. Locking means advanced TMJ condition. See 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. ...Read more

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I have locked jaw, what should I do?

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. ...Read more

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Why is my jaw locking when I wake up?

Why is my jaw locking when I wake up?

Tmj isk: Your TMJ disk is out of position. You likely have clicking or popping during the day. Likely the popping has gotten louder over time. The locking you experience in the morning is a progression of the disk displacement. The locking will likely become harder to unlock in the morning, You may be progressing to a "closed lock" condition where you can't unlock your joint. See TMJ specialist for options ...Read more

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What can I do about my jaw locking up.?

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. ...Read more

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What should I do for my jaw locking up?

What should I do for my jaw locking up?

Complex: Complex TMJ problem. Condition is advanced once jaw starts locking. See a TMJ expert. 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

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How much time will a locked jaw heal for?

How much time will a locked jaw heal for?

Healed?: Not sure what you mean by healed? Is your jaw currently locked and without treatment. Do you mean locked open or closed? Whatever the circumstances, you need attention. See an oral surgeon ASAP. He/she can counsel you. ...Read more

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Why is my jaw locking when I first wake up?

Why is my jaw locking when I first wake up?

Locking: If you clench or grind, you may have muscles that are cramped. If you have a dysfunctional joint or joints, you may have displacement of the disk within the joint. Please see your Dentist who may consider placing you in an Orthotic to wear when you sleep, or who may want you to see an Oral Surgeon, Orthodontist, or a Dentist who concentrates in treatment for relief of int pain. ...Read more

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How do I improve my jaw locking from grinding?

How do I improve my jaw locking from grinding?

Not DIY: You need help, you can't do this yourself. Please call your Dentist for an appointment. An Orthodontic consultation may also be in order. ...Read more

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Need some tips on how to sing with a locked jaw?

Need some tips on how to sing with a locked jaw?

Get it fixed: You cannot sing normally with a "locked jaw". You can either be locked "open" or "closed". Either is a serious problem. See an oral surgeon or TMJ expert ASAP. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Please help! I have a locked jaw, what should I do?

Please help! I have a locked jaw, what should I do?

Try this: Locked jaw, a slippage of the mandible and maxilla so that cartilage gets in the way of motion, is painful and distressing. Try this trick: Open the jaw as wide as possible and then very slow move the jaw to the left and then to the right. This will commonly overcome the blockage, normalizing the joint. If this fails see your dentist or ENT specialist for a medical correction. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: jaw locking?

What is the definition or description of: jaw locking?

Ouch!: Jaw locking is when the temporo-mandibular joint, aka: the TMJ (everyone has two) gets stuck out of position. Usually because one opens so wide that part of the joint on one's jaw (the condyle) gets stuck in front of the cartilage in the joint (disc) or bone in front of the joint's pivot point (the articular eminence). This is a highly complex and critical joint; if you have problems, consult a professional right away. ...Read more

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Jaw locking and can't open it. What can I do to open it up?

Jaw locking and can't open it. What can I do to open it up?

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. ...Read more

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My jaw feels extremely tense and hard. Could it be a locked jaw?

My jaw feels extremely tense and hard. Could it be a locked jaw?

Unlikely: Unlikely from your symptoms. More likely is bruxism or clench/grinding of your teeth. See your dentist for assessment. Bruxism is one of the disorders of the TMJ (jaw joint). ...Read more