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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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How to fix my lock jaw?

How to fix my lock jaw?

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

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What does lock jaw feel like?

Muscle spasm : Lock jaw can be an early sign of tetanus. The muscles of mastication go into spasm making it difficult to open your mouth. ...Read more

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What to do about lock-jaw?

What to do about lock-jaw?

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

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What are the symptoms of lock jaw?

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

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I keep getting lock jaw only on my left side. What should I do?

I keep getting lock jaw only on my left side. What should I do?

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

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I have painful lock jaw, can anyone help?

I have painful lock jaw, can anyone help?

TMD\TMJ: Take some nsaids if you can-advil, motrin, aleve; apply moist hot towel to outside of face opposite jaw joint; stick on soft diet; no gum chewing; see a dentist as soon as possible (preferably one trained and experienced in tmd diagnosis and treatment). ...Read more

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Sometimes my jaw won't open all the way. Is this lock jaw. What should I do?

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

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