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How can you unlock a locked jaw?

How can you unlock a locked jaw?

Locked Jaw: Many things can cause a jaw to lock. It can lock closed, or open. If it's locked closed, it's usually due to a displaced disc in the jaw joint. An MRI may be indicated, which would reveal the problem. If it's truly locked closed, muscle relaxants, nsaid's and perhaps splint therapy may be tried. However, surgery (tmj arthroscopy) is most effective at restoring full range of motion without pain.... ...Read more

Jaw Locking (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Left side jaw locking up?

Left side jaw locking up?

Disc displacement: You may have Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome with damage and displacement of the cartilaginous disc in the joint. See Dentist to determine cause (anatomical, parafunctional habit, malocclusion, hx of trauma, etc.) and treatment of the cause. ...Read more

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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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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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How I fix my locked jaw problem?

How I fix my locked jaw problem?

You will need help: Your jaw is probably dislocated. You will need to see your dentist or your doctor may refer you to someone else who can help you. You will need to see if you can unlock the dislocation (decompression mechanics) and reach a stable and functional position. Verify the stable positioin and then treat to this relationship to maintain this stability and manage your dysfunction. ...Read more

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Why is my jaw locking constantly?

Why is my jaw locking constantly?

Disk out: Jaw joint disk out of position. Locking means advanced TMJ condition. See TMJ expert for advice. 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 locked jaw, what should I do?

Locked Jaw: Lock jaw is due to the disorder of temporomandibular joint, and you can not fool around with it. You need to see an oral surgeon who will advice you what treatment to pursue. You can also consult your dentist. Some time it is due to degenerative disease of the joint and non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs may help. But see the specialist. ...Read more

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Why is my jaw locking when I wake up?

Why is my jaw locking when I wake up?

Tmj isk: Your TMJ disk is out of position. You likely have clicking or popping during the day. Likely the popping has gotten louder over time. The locking you experience in the morning is a progression of the disk displacement. The locking will likely become harder to unlock in the morning, You may be progressing to a "closed lock" condition where you can't unlock your joint. See TMJ specialist for options ...Read more

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What can I do about my jaw locking up.?

Keep open and slide: 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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What should I do for my jaw locking up?

What should I do for my jaw locking up?

Complex: Complex TMJ problem. Condition is advanced once jaw starts locking. 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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How much time will a locked jaw heal for?

How much time will a locked jaw heal for?

Healed?: Not sure what you mean by healed? Is your jaw currently locked and without treatment. Do you mean locked open or closed? Whatever the circumstances, you need attention. See an oral surgeon ASAP. He/she can counsel you. ...Read more

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Why is my jaw locking when I first wake up?

Why is my jaw locking when I first wake up?

Locking: If you clench or grind, you may have muscles that are cramped. If you have a dysfunctional joint or joints, you may have displacement of the disk within the joint. Please see your Dentist who may consider placing you in an Orthotic to wear when you sleep, or who may want you to see an Oral Surgeon, Orthodontist, or a Dentist who concentrates in treatment for relief of int pain. ...Read more

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How do I improve my jaw locking from grinding?

How do I improve my jaw locking from grinding?

Not DIY: You need help, you can't do this yourself. Please call your Dentist for an appointment. An Orthodontic consultation may also be in order. ...Read more

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Need some tips on how to sing with a locked jaw?

Need some tips on how to sing with a locked jaw?

Get it fixed: You cannot sing normally with a "locked jaw". You can either be locked "open" or "closed". Either is a serious problem. See an oral surgeon or TMJ expert ASAP. ...Read more

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What can I do about my jaw locking up besides ice?

Jaw locking up: If your jaw is locking closed, it generally means that the disc in the jaw joint may be displaced. If your jaw is locking open, that means that the jaw is itself becoming dislocated, which is much less common. For a closed lock that fails to respond to simple measures, it has been shown through many studies that the most effective treatment is TMJ arthrocentesis or arthroscopy, to unlock the jaw. ...Read more

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Please help! I have a locked jaw, what should I do?

Please help! I have a locked jaw, what should I do?

Try this: Locked jaw, a slippage of the mandible and maxilla so that cartilage gets in the way of motion, is painful and distressing. Try this trick: Open the jaw as wide as possible and then very slow move the jaw to the left and then to the right. This will commonly overcome the blockage, normalizing the joint. If this fails see your dentist or ENT specialist for a medical correction. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: jaw locking?

What is the definition or description of: jaw locking?

Ouch!: 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. ...Read 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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My jaw feels extremely tense and hard. Could it be a locked jaw?

My jaw feels extremely tense and hard. Could it be a locked jaw?

Unlikely: Unlikely from your symptoms. More likely is bruxism or clench/grinding of your teeth. See your dentist for assessment. Bruxism is one of the disorders of the TMJ (jaw joint). ...Read more

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Can you get locked jaw from yawning?

Can you get locked jaw from yawning?

Yes: You can get a locked jaw from yawning. Yawning does involve opening the jaw to its maximum limit and at times the jaw joint can get "stuck" in that position. If it happens very infrequently and you do not have any pain, you do not need to seek any treatment. If its frequent, accompanied by pain or getting worse, you should contact an orofacial pain specialist. The management is usually benign. ...Read more

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Do I have TMJ if I feel my jaw locking up?

Could be: Tmj has several symptoms. If your jaw does lock open or closed, if you hear a clicking or popping when you open or close, if you have pain with opening or closing...Then yes you do have tmj. See your dentist who may treat it or they'll send you on to a specialist who treats tmj. Good luck...It is annoying and painful. ...Read more

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Jaw locking into different places all the time. Help docs?

Jaw locking into different places all the time. Help docs?

Seek dentist: Clicking and locking of the jaw joint is due to the bite not fitting correctly together. Find a dentist that works in pain tmd therapy and be active in your therapy. ...Read more

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Are there any solutions for patients with permanent locked jaw?

Try conservative 1st: A joint that is locked means the cartilage is dislocated. If the joint can be decompressed it may be possible to recapture (get it back in position). If not, surgery may be an answer, but use a conservative technique if possible (mitek anchor) and remember the joint did not go bad on it's own, so you still have to fix why it was dislocated in the first place or it will come back. ...Read 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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I'm wondering what does locked jaw do you to you and what are the risks?

I'm wondering what does locked jaw do you to you and what are the risks?

Open or closed: Your jaw can be locked open or closed. Most likely you're asking about a closed lock, where the disk is locked out of position. Usually causes pain Much better to have it unlocked in terms of future jaw health. See an oral surgeon about unlocking jaw. Arthrocentesis or arthroscopic surgery may be required. ...Read more

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Can jaw locking be a symptom of TMJ syndrome? Other symptoms?

Can jaw locking be a symptom of TMJ syndrome? Other symptoms?

Yes: There's no question that jaw locking, open lock or a closed lock is definitely a symptom of temporal mandibular joint dysfunction (tmj or tmd). ...Read more

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I have had a locked jaw since last Monday and it's only getting worse, how can I get rid of it?

TMJ dysfunction: You should seek care from a dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...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?

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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Why is my jaw locking and clicking everytime I open my mouth?

Why is my jaw locking and clicking everytime I open my mouth?

TMJ disc derangement: While mandibular range of motion is usually normal, occasionally the disc displacement may interfere with joint function. This can cause a momentary "catch" during the translatory cycle. ...Read more

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Why is my jaw locking and clicking everytime I open my mouth wide?

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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I had locked jaw for 1 year. I hadtmj arthroscopy-right and left-arthrocentesis 6 months ago. Now, there is inflamation, pain and a gritty feeling on the right side. What can I do?

I had locked jaw for 1 year. I hadtmj arthroscopy-right and left-arthrocentesis 6 months ago. Now, there is inflamation, pain and a gritty feeling on the right side. What can I do?

MRI: A TMJ MRI is in order for you. The gritty feeling sound like you have bone grinding on bone rather than the lower jaw being separated from the skull by the cartilaginous disc that is normally in between the two. ...Read more

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I have a dislocated/locked jaw and my teeth hurt. What do you suggest?

I have a dislocated/locked jaw and my teeth hurt. What do you suggest?

Seek help: A locked jaw indicates that the cartelagenous disc in the joint is out of position. The disc needs to be recaptured and your occlusion evaluated, if necessary, adjusted. You may need an occlusal orthotic splint to aid the process. Ask your dentist for help, or to refer you to an orthodontist or an oral surgeon to begin the healing process. ...Read more

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I received tdap on saturday. I am still having side effects 5 days later, swollen locked jaw and lympnodes on the injection side, is this normal?

I received tdap on saturday. I am still having side effects 5 days later, swollen locked jaw and lympnodes on the injection side, is this normal?

Doctor can recheck: If a person has symptoms he thinks are related to a tdap, he can call the doctor for a recheck appointment. A large amount of swelling, and enlarged lymph nodes, are not usual reactions to tdap (usually there is no reaction). So, such symptoms may be from another disorder, or maybe the tdap injection site has gotten infected. To figure it out, the doctor can examine the area. ...Read more

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I've had a locked jaw for 4 months (I do have braces).ive never had tmj so its not that. I can eat and talk normal but im starting to feel sharp pain???

I've had a locked jaw for 4 months (I do have braces).ive never had tmj so its not that. I can eat and talk normal but im starting to feel sharp pain???

TMD: Everyone has a TMJ. TMD is a term used to describe dysfunction with your TMJ. Although you say you don't think that is your issue, it sure sounds like it from your symptoms. Be sure to let your orthodontist know what is going on as that treatment could be a contributing factor if you never had symptoms before you got braces. Also discuss it with your parents and general dentist to figure it out. ...Read more

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I have TMJ with severe pain. On a scale pf 1-10, its a10. I've had botox and arthocentesis and I still have a locked jaw for 3 months. I am now experiencing numbness andtingling all over my face and in my tongue which I find very strange. What should I do

Need a team approach: Since there are multiple symptoms of longstanding duration that previous treatments have not relieved so far, consider visiting the TMJ pain management clinic of a major hospital center, preferably affiliated with a dental school. It requires a team approach to diagnose and treat. Imaging of the joint area is needed and a neurologist should be consulted in addition to a head and neck specialist. ...Read more

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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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I have a 24h splint, I had 2 arthroscopies and still get inflmation, earpain& morning locked jaw, condyle=pointed shape disc=ruptured; wht could bedone?

I have a 24h splint, I had 2 arthroscopies and still get inflmation, earpain& morning locked jaw, condyle=pointed shape disc=ruptured; wht could bedone?

Try Botox: Botox is becoming a great treatment choice for jaw pain and other TMJ problems. Its quick and easy and has very little possible side effects. ...Read more

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I got a night time mouth guard for teeth grinding & jaw locking. Now my jaw is 10x worse & misaligned. Should I stop wearing it? What elsecan I do to?

I got a night time mouth guard for teeth grinding & jaw locking. Now my jaw is 10x worse & misaligned. Should I stop wearing it? What elsecan I do to?

Diagnosis is key: Orofacial Pain specialists are dedicated exclusively to the treatment of orofacial pain, TMJ pain, jaw pain, facial pain, bruxism and TMJ disorders. Find a doctor close to where you live or work. Early diagnosis is key to better outcomes. ...Read more