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Jaw Keep Locking
Displaced cartilage: The problem is most likely the result of a piece of cartilage in the TMJ slipping out of its normal position and preventing the mandible (lower jaw) from moving properly. The first thing to do is stop chewing gum or very hard foods to keep from irritating it and get it examined by a dentist with experience in TMJ treatments. The range of possible treatments is large so accurate diagnosis is a must. ...Read more
What can I do if my right jaw a little hurts when I wide too much and left jaw keep's locking and unlocking.Doctor told me to use massages but no help?
See expert: whether your jaw is locked open or closed, a significant problem. See 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
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
TMJ Disc Displaced: This condition is characterized by displacement of the disc on closing followed by a failure to reduce the disc on opening and cause the jaw lock. The disorder is sometimes referred as "closed lock.". Initial therapy should be directed toward reducing the disc displacement through a manual mobilization. Rec.: see orofacial pain specialist for conservative solution. Very common and treatable. ...Read more
TMJ Syndrome: When your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting popping, locking and discomfort can extend far past your jaw pain. See a dentist or TMJ specialist for examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...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
TMJ disorder: A locked jaw is usually due to a temporomandibular joint that is injured or displaced. This could happen when you are ill from clenching too much, or a wide yawn if you already have aproblem with the joint. Go see an ent. If severe a few days of a steroid will help, then you may need an occlusion splint made by a dentist. ...Read more
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
I am curious as to why my jaw vibrates and lock for several seconds on a daily basis maybe once or twice? I don't have health insurance so any answers will be appreciated... It doesn't hurt much but its very wierd and happens periodically.
Any number of factors can cause your jaw muscles to become tight and spasm, such as direct trauma, like a car accident. If you clench your jaw or grind your teeth, that will cause your jaw muscles to tighten, too. A jaw misalignment, even minor, can put the jaw muscles into continuous spasm. Sometimes something seemingly harmless, like gum chewing, might set off muscle spasms in your jaw.
There are approximately many muscles that attach to the jaw, skull, and neck. Any muscle dysfunction can restrict blood flow in the blood vessels that pass through the muscles, as well as compress the nerves that also run through the muscles. This can cause pain in the jaw, ear, eyes, face, sinuses, teeth, neck, and shoulders, as well as all types of headaches.
Muscles that are locked into deep spasms become very hard, and do not move or stretch like normal, relaxed muscle. If the muscles surrounding your jaw joint are in deep enough spasm, they will prevent the mouth from opening normally. Once these muscle spasms are inactivated, the mouth should regain normal function.
You should definitely seek the help of a professional-a dentist, oral surgeon or even a physician. It is extremely hard to try and treat over the web. After seeing a health care professionalmany of your questions may be answered, also you may have more question but not properly diagnosing the problem will only make it impossible to coorrectly treat the problem.
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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
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
Acutely: If you can not reduce it yourself (meaning place it back into articulation within the fossa) then you should seek the immediate help of an oral & maxillofacial surgeon or present to an urgent care center or ed to have it manually reduced. Longer it remains locked open, the more the surrounding musculature will constrict & spasm. Skeletal muscle relaxants & sedatives often needed before & after. ...Read more
Lockjaw: It depends on the cause. It can be due to tetanus, an infection which can be very serious, or it can be due to a displaced TMJ disc, which can be painful but not serious. In either case, it causes an inability to open the mouth, or what we call a closed lock. ...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 expert: You are likely referring to locking of the jaw related to jaw joint (TMJ) disk displacement and not tetanus related "lockjaw". The locking jaw means there is a serious TMJ problem. See a TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask MD, 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
See a dentist: There is a problem with the alignment of your jaw joint. This needs to be assessed so the appropriate treatment can be determined for you. ...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
I have tmj from eating on one side of my jaw. I chew on my left side, causing it to lock. How can I fix it?
Evaluation: Why are you eating on just your left side? is there a problem with your right side? Are teeth missing? Is it a habit? your condition needs to be evaluated by a local dentist to determine the cause of your problem... only then can a treatment be determined. All the best. ...Read more
Iam a 47 year old female I have a lot of jaw pain lately when i get cold it feels like they want to lock up.Really hurts.What could it be?
TMJ: Tmj or temporomandibular joint pain can cause jaw pain, clicking, or locking of the jaw. It can cause a sense of fullness in the ears, ringing in the ears, and generalized dizziness or being off kilter. Treatment of TMJ includes heat to area, soft diet, antiinflammatories like ibuprofen, sometimes a muscle relaxant, and a night guard for the teeth.. ...Read more