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Jaw Locking (Overview)

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.


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What causes jaw to lock up?

What causes jaw to lock up?

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

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Jaw Locking (Overview)

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.


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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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Managing TMJ (Tip)

Managing TMJ

Don't open wide when biting food...Limit the jaw opening. ...See 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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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?

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

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Managing TMJ (Tip)

Managing TMJ

If your jaw locks open, it's usually easier to close by moving to the side than trying to close. ...See more

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Can street drugs cause lock jaw?

Can street drugs cause lock jaw?

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

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How do you prevent locked jaw after wisdom teeth removal..?

How do you prevent locked jaw after wisdom teeth removal..?

What is ..: "lockjaw" why do you think it is associated with extraction of wisdom teeth? When i think of lock jaw, the the chondyle of the jaw has moved anterior to a position forward of its normal "socket". While it can be manually replaced, more often when the victim stops panicking and relaxes the chondyle slips back on its own. ...Read more

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Managing TMJ (Tip)

Managing TMJ

Be aware of when your jaw is clenched and consciously relax by opening and closing mouth. ...See more

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Docs can you explain, is there any risk of jaw locking or dislocating?

Risk?: Are you saying that you have these problems? If so, you have a malfunctioning jaw joint that requires attention. Failure to do so may result in permanent negative joint alterations. May need splint, botox, malocclusion correction, exercises, medications, etc. All depends on the cause...see your Dentist. ...Read more

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