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What should I do about my jaw lockin?

What should I do about my jaw lockin?

Open and rock: 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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Can you tell me how to stop myself from clenching my jaw when anxious?

Can you tell me how to stop myself from clenching my jaw when anxious?

Diurnal bruxism: While diurnal bruxism is thought to be a learned behavior, nocturnal bruxism is believed to be an oromotor disturbance. Diurnal bruxism (clenching during the day) regardless of the cause is easy to control with habit control simple exercises. Nocturnal bruxism is uncontrollable and teeth need to be protected with a custom night guard. Rec.: see an orofacial pain specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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The right side of my jaw feels stuck or something, i don't feel like i can open all the way. I feel pain on the right side when opening, i don't know what to do.

TMJ Dislocation: Go see a doctor. There are several techniques for reduction of the temporomandibular joint dislocation. The doctor may gag you or use extraoral pressure on the jaw or place a syringe in your mouth . After the reduction the doctor will take panoramic radiographs. After care may consist of warm compresses, Ibuprofen, soft diet and avoid extreme opening of the jaw for 3 weeks. ...Read more

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Right side of jaw painful and can't open very wide and also clicks a lot hurts more in winter keep getting worse every year ?

Right side of jaw painful and can't open very wide and also clicks a lot hurts more in winter keep getting worse every year ?

TMD: 30's female w. chronic progressive unilateral jaw limitation motion, pain, "clicking" & chronic "stomach pain, nauseousness & weakness". Temporomandibular Disorder aka TMJ likely. "Worse winter" as coolness promotes more intense masseter muscle spasm; operant in TMD. Beware of etiologic chronic head/neck turn/tilt. Entire symptom constellation suggests Hypermobiliy Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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On and off for years i've had problems with the left side of my jaw. It locks up and clicks. Why do I get this and how can I treat it?

TMJ: Sounds like this could be TMJ disease. You may want to mention to your dentist or doctor. Things can be done depending on severity. ...Read more

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What could be making my jaw go out of alignment all the time?

What could be making my jaw go out of alignment all the time?

TMJ: Your temporomandibular joint is the likely cause of this problem. These joints are the hinge joints of your jaw. If you stick your index finger in your ear and open and close your jaw you can actually feel this joint moving. Sometimes if it is really inflammed or not moving smoothly you will feel a catching sensation or clunk. Grinding your teeth (bruxism) may aggravate. See your dentist. ...Read more

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My jaw on the left side will radomly lock up and it becomes very painful and hard to eat why is this?

TMJ syndrome: You may have a disorder called temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. It can be caused by clenching teeth at night, trauma, malalignment, abnormal jaw thrust when eating, lack of an overbite, or other causes. Treatment may involve wearing a mouth guard, dental work, analgesics, or biofeedback. A visit to your primary care physician or dentist can properly give you a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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