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Can't open my mouth fully; could this be tmj?

Can't open my mouth fully; could this be tmj?

TMJ: It could very well be due to your jaw joints. You should have this evaluated soon with a dentist or orthodontist. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I can't open my mouth properly it gets stuck. Is this tmj?

I can't open my mouth properly it gets stuck. Is this tmj?

Displaced disc: Tmj joints (left ; right) have several components like a knee joint. Between upper skull and lower jaw bone connection, there is a small soft disc that is held in place. This disc is movable to allow jaw movements, but can slip out of position and "get stuck" as you wrote. Please see a dentist, who may help you with medication and oral appliance, or refer to a specialist, depending on your needs. ...Read more

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When I open my mouth wide eg to eat an aple I hear a noise from my jawbones and feel like they are detached others don't hear it slight tmj?

When I open my mouth wide eg to eat an aple I hear a noise from my jawbones and feel like they are detached others don't hear it slight tmj?

Jawbone: Opening your mouth wide for a number of reasons can noise in your tmj. It is located just forward to your ear, so it may sound louder to you. It can be loud for others to hear. It is one symptom of an imbalance in your joint and muscles of your jaw. This may become more serious. Your dentist can treat or monitor this disorder. ...Read more

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I think I have tmj for about 3days how many more days does it take to completely free from tmj I also can't open the mouth to its full extent When will it go please I have a lot of pain?

I think I have tmj for about 3days how many more days does it take to completely free from tmj I also can't open the mouth to its full extent When will it go please I have a lot of pain?

Depends.: With only 3 days symptoms, you may get complete resolution. Soft diet, massage, moist heat OTC NSAID. If no better in a week, see a TMJ expert. Can become chronic. ...Read more

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Are mouth plates effective in treating tmj?

Are mouth plates effective in treating tmj?

Yes: Often, yes. Not always. Make sure you are being treated by a TMJ expert. ...Read more

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Why is it not recommended to use mouth pieces from walmart for tmj?

Why is it not recommended to use mouth pieces from walmart for tmj?

Not very accurate: They may make it worse. Think of it as you making your own cast for a broken arm. The accuracy needed to fit properly and the adjustment needed to insure proper bite cannot be achieved unless @ dentist. ...Read more

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I went to a rave and got drugged, and my mouth has been extremely dry ever since. I have TMJ and turrets which might be making it worse. Help?

I went to a rave and got drugged, and my mouth has been extremely dry ever since. I have TMJ and turrets which might be making it worse. Help?

Raves: First, and most important, find different friends and other ways to occupy your time. This behavior warrants discussion with a psychologist. Second, you may have had other drugs. Other medications (for tourettes or tmj) may cause symptoms. Finally a TMJ diagnosis in an 18 year old is suspect, and "tmj" doesn't cause dry mouth, it's a joint and muscle problem. ...Read more

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Left side of Jaw snaps. Had this since '08. I think it's TMJ. Can it get worse in time as in where my mouth can't open??

Left side of Jaw snaps. Had this since '08. I think it's TMJ. Can it get worse in time as in where my mouth can't open??

Yes: Yes, this is a TMJ disorder. And it can get worse to where you can't open wide. Called a closed lock. See an oral surgeon to help treat the problem. ...Read more

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I have a nerve in my mouth lower bottom right that's off the charts, however, it's doesn't hurt when I have hot or cold drinks. Ideas? TMJ??

I have a nerve in my mouth lower bottom right that's off the charts, however, it's doesn't hurt when I have hot or cold drinks. Ideas? TMJ??

Tooth vx Nerve: Could be a tooth, insensitivity to hot/cold suggests possibility of trigeminal neuralgia. This is shocklike pain with stimulation of area. See TMJ-orofacial pain specialist for diagnosis/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 ...Read more

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I know I have TMJ and usually I can get the right side of my jaw back in place. But I haven't been able to open my mouth fully for several hours.?

Go to ED: May may be having some complication of TMJ for which you should be evaluated urgently at the emergency room. Pl see attached for some details but don't delay your evaluation. Hope you feel better! ...Read more

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Why would it be bad to use a nighttime mouth guard if you have TMJ problems?

Why would it be bad to use a nighttime mouth guard if you have TMJ problems?

Custom mg advised: A custom mouthpiece is usually recommended for those who suffer tmj/tmd. A non-custom one (drug store, sporting goods store, online) may be too thick and send the muscles into more spasms and cause the jaw/mandible to displace. ...Read more

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Why would a nighttime mouth guard warn you against using it if you have tmj?

Why would a nighttime mouth guard warn you against using it if you have tmj?

If..: If this is an over the counter type mouthgauard, it may be designed only for protecting the teeth. Many studies have shown worsening of symptoms of TMJ using over the counter type guards. They don't fit well and are not adjusted to your dentition. Its best to get a custom guard from your dentist. ...Read more

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Not able to eat due to the inability to open my mouth all the way. How to fix the TMJ problem?

Several ways.: Limited mouth opening may be caused by a displaced TMJ disc. The best way to determine this would be with a TMJ mri. If the disc is completely displaced, which is common with limited opening, then TMJ arthroscopy has the highest success rate. This is where a tiny scope is inserted into the joint under anesthesia and scar tissue can be released and full range of motion restored with relief of pain. ...Read more

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Do any OTC TMJ mouth guards help at all? I've read mixed things, would like input from doctors.

Sometimes: Sometimes. Custom splints are better. Try an OTC splint. Follow instructions. You can tell if it's working because your TMJ will feel better. ...Read more

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I can't open my mouth wide, when I do I hear a clicking sound in the right tmj....And it pains?

I can't open my mouth wide, when I do I hear a clicking sound in the right tmj....And it pains?

TMJ dysfunction: Is characterized by jaw pain, clicking and popping of the jaw, neck pain and often headaches. It is advisable to discuss any TMJ/TMD symptoms with your dentist. ...Read more

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What to do if I am scared I might make my joints worse like what if I can't open my mouth anymore and also is TMJ permanent?

See a TMJ Expert: See a TMJ expert to help evaluate and treat your problem. A TMJ expert can be general dentist, an oral surgeon, prosthodontist, orofacial pain specialist. Ask your physician, dentist or dental society for a recommendation. ...Read more

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I think I have TMJ. When I was a kid I had an underbite. If I open my mouth wide it clicks but I don't get any pain. My mom had it. What should I do?

I think I have TMJ. When I was a kid I had an underbite. If I open my mouth wide it clicks but I don't get any pain. My mom had it. What should I do?

TMJ dysfunction: The muscles and ligaments that cause your jaw to move are not working smoothly. If you chew gum stop. Eat softer foods next 2-3 weeks. Apply moist heat to the joint area. Stress plays a big role in triggering TMJ problems. Find activities to help reduce your stress level. See your dentist for more detailed help. ...Read more

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Is there really any fix for TMJ displacement and hypertrophy of the pterygoid? Or will I be stuck with this pain and a mouth that can't open forever?

Is there really any fix for TMJ displacement and hypertrophy of the pterygoid? Or will I be stuck with this pain and a mouth that can't open forever?

Relief is possible: Treatment is available to return pterygoid muscles to a physiologically-neutral condition. In my practice, I will fabricate an orthotic that will help to "relax" the pterygoid muscles; in turn, the disc that sits in the TMJ will be relocated by to their normal position. ...Read more

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My jaw has locked up to where I cannot open my mouth all the way. I can open and close it, just not open all the way. It is also painful. Is this tmj?

My jaw has locked up to where I cannot open my mouth all the way. I can open and close it, just not open all the way. It is also painful. Is this tmj?

Yes: What has most likely happened is that the disc that rides on the top of your lower jaw in the joint space has become displaced anteriorly and is blocking the normal forward movement of your jaw joint. This disc needs to be recaptured so that it rides along on top of the condyle in a normal fashion. A splint may be able to recapture your disc so that your jaw doesn't lock. See your dentist. ...Read more

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Is TMJ curable ive had it for a good amount of time but I haven't had signs of it in a while today I opened my mouth and my temple hurter when iopened?

Is TMJ curable ive had it for a good amount of time but I haven't had signs of it in a while today I opened my mouth and my temple hurter when iopened?

See an OFP for TMJ: See an orofacial pain specialist for evaluation, CT and treatment. They are the experts in facial pain, headaches and TMJ. You need a professional care to avoid future complications. TMJ is a manageable condition. Take care. ...Read more

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What is TMJ and having a burning sensation in the mouth?

Probably not related: They are usually two separate conditions and both require an examination to determine the cause of the problems. One the exact cause of the problem is determined, treatment options can be considered.
The burning sensation could be a systemic condition or localized from the tongue. Tmj refers to a number of conditions related to the jaw joint and their associated structures. ...Read more

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Have tmj, getting worse. Having difficulty opening mouth to yawn.?

Have tmj, getting worse. Having difficulty opening mouth to yawn.?

TMJ: You possibly have a muscle spasm. You should see your dentist. For now you can try a soft diet, warm compresses (some patients do better with cold?), Ibuprofen if it is ok for you to take it, light massage in the area in front of your ears (TMJ) your dentist can verify if it is a dental problem or not. ...Read more

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I've had severe TMJ type symptoms for two years. I have worn a mouth guard for one year with no improvement. Any other reason for this pain?

Multiple Causes: TMJ: We mostly see that muscles are the biggest cause of TMJ pain. You should see a TMJ specialist who knows and treats myofascial trigger points. ...Read more

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I have TMJ. I got Invisalign almost two weeks ago. It is difficult to open my mouth wide. Without Invisalign I'm fine, should I stop wearing them?

I have TMJ. I got Invisalign almost two weeks ago. It is difficult to open my mouth wide. Without Invisalign I'm fine, should I stop wearing them?

Yes: ! st rule, any problem call the person that's treating you. Second rule, if t hurts, don't do it. If you have both a malocclusion and TMY you should be seeing a specialist Orthodontist. ...Read more

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I felt a painful pop when chewing. Did I rupture a mouth muscle or is this a TMJ symptom?

I felt a painful pop when chewing. Did I rupture a mouth muscle or is this a TMJ symptom?

A TMJ symptom: Painful popping noises in the jaw joint while chewing are a common manifestation of TMJ problems. It usually indicates a partially displaced TMJ disc inside the jaw joint. To my knowledge, you can't rupture a mouth muscle while chewing. If the painful popping continues, you may want to seek treatment to prevent the disc from becoming completely displaced which may lead to locking or arthritis. ...Read more

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The lower right side of my face hurts when I open my mouth. Anybody have any idea? Could it be tmj?

The lower right side of my face hurts when I open my mouth. Anybody have any idea? Could it be tmj?

Could be, yes.: Your symptoms are quite vague. Many things can cause lower facial pain, including impacted wisdom teeth or other dental problems. But, if the pain is worse when you're moving your jaw or chewing, it's likely to be a TMJ problem. Often these pains are referred to the ear, just in back of the jaw joint. A panoramic x-ray to rule out other problems may be indicated. ...Read more