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Is my locked jaw temporary?

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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Lockjaw (Definition)

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


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What causes lock jaw?

What causes lock jaw?

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

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What causes lock jaw?

What causes lock jaw?

Tmj: Many things can cause the jaw to lock such as disk problems in the jaw joint, arthritis, fracture of the joint, jaw muscle issues, multiple surgeries on the joint and pathology/growth in the joints. See a dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Why is my temporomandibular joint jaw opening slanted?

Why is my temporomandibular joint jaw opening slanted?

Jaw deviation TMJ: Likely a TMj problem. When one TMJ is involved, the jaw will often deviate to that side. 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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My jaw is permanently locked. Is this tmj?

My jaw is permanently locked. Is this tmj?

Depends: The answer may depend on whom diagnosed "permanent locking" of your mandible. I would get a second opinion from a tmj/tmd specialist. ...Read more

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How can lock jaw effect wisdom teeth removal?

How can lock jaw effect wisdom teeth removal?

Access: Your ability to open wide because of a TMJ probem will make it difficult to get access to remove wisdom teeth. Often the limited oral opening must be treated before the wisdom teeth can be removed. It is a matter of degree. This type of problem is routine for a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon ...Read more

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My symptoms are jaw joint pain, jaw clicking, dizziness, grinding, chewing difficulties, neck pain and limited mouth opening. What could it be?

My symptoms are jaw joint pain, jaw clicking, dizziness, grinding, chewing difficulties, neck pain and limited mouth opening. What could it be?

TMJ disorder : What you are describing is classic for TMJ - a inflammation of your jaw hinge joint. Start with ibuprofen, avoid hard foods, avoid chewing gum, apply warm compress, and get into to see your dentist. It can be made significantly worse by night time teeth grinding. ...Read more

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Can TMJ specialists dislocate the jaws?

Can TMJ specialists dislocate the jaws?

Caution: It is possible that dislocation could happen. It is unlikely that someone who treats this disorder would cause the event through therapy. ...Read more

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Jaw popping and locking, can't open all the way. Is this serious?

Jaw popping and locking, can't open all the way. Is this serious?

TMJoint issues: Relatively. As time goes on it may become even worse. See a dentist, preferably one who has extensive training and experience treating tmd\tmj dysfunction. Why not be comfortable and free of these issues? ...Read more

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Jaw lock wen open my mouth, neck pain, dizzy, arm numbness and ear ringing?

Jaw lock wen open my mouth, neck pain, dizzy, arm numbness  and ear ringing?

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

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What causes TMJ and jaw misalignment?

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What causes TMJ and jaw misalignment?

TMJ disorder cause: can occur when there is a problem that involve the masticatory muscles, the temporomandibular joint and associated structures, or both. See orofacial pain practitioner for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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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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TMJ diagnosis can it caused ear pain when swallowing? Sore under ear, temple, front neck muscle and ear pain when eating & swallowing. Jaw clicks too. :(

TMJ diagnosis can it caused ear pain when swallowing? Sore under ear, temple, front neck muscle and ear pain when eating & swallowing.  Jaw clicks too. :(

TMJ: These are all symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. Most TMJ dysfunction is caused by bruxism (chronic teeth grinding and/or clenching), or a bad bite. Make an appointment with your dentist or a dentist who treats TMJ dysfunction for an examination. You might also want to see an ENT specialist to rule out any ear or head and neck infections. ...Read more

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Would jaw alignment surgery help my TMJ disorder?

Would jaw alignment surgery help my TMJ disorder?

Depends: Surgery should be considered the last resort for TMJ disorders. Sometimes there is no other choice, but i would seek out more than one opinion before having it done. ...Read more

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Will jaw alignment surgery help my tmj?

Will jaw alignment surgery help my tmj?

Very possibly: If your jaw is misaligned, and you have TMJ problems, then surgery to correct the misalignment, or orthognathic surgery, may very well help your TMJ symptoms. Our goal in treatment is to relieve pain and restore nomad function. If the jaws don't function properly because they don't line up with each other, then orthognathic surgery can be curative. Often times, jaw misalignment can cause TMJ probs. ...Read more

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