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

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

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

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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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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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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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 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 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

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Does subconcious anxiety exist? Trembling upon waking, eye twitching, jaw locking upon waking. I don't feel stressed or anxious, but my body disagrees

Does subconcious anxiety exist? Trembling upon waking, eye twitching, jaw locking upon waking. I don't feel stressed or anxious, but my body disagrees

There isn't a : Subconscious anxiety. I would guess that you may clinch or grind your teeth at night. That can go up with anxiety but not dependant on it. That would cause the jaw issue and is called bruxism or TMJ (tmjd more precisely) the trembling, hard to answer; headaches? The med. Treatment for bruxism is Clonazepam at night, perhaps a dental splint. I would go in, it may be something else; gd luc. ...Read more

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I have trigeminal neuraliga on left side but recently my jaw locks when I eat. I can feel the muscles tighten on left side, think its all one issue?

I have trigeminal neuraliga on left side but recently my jaw locks when I eat. I can feel the muscles tighten on left side, think its all one issue?

TJN and TMD: Are you seeing a Neurologist for the TJN? Getting medication? Have you discussed your TMD\TMJ symptoms with a dentist experienced and knowledgeable in this area? I have my own opinion but this is something you need to discuss with the doctor\dentist actually treating you. ...Read more

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My jaw locks on one side when i try to eat waht is it?

My jaw locks on one side when i try to eat waht is it?

Locking Jaw: The jaw can "lock" due to a variety of causes. If it locks when you chew food, it's most likely due to a displaced disc in the jaw joint, or tmj. The disc may be partially or completely displaced. Only an MRI can tell for sure. In the mean time, try a soft, non-chewing diet, nsaid's and perhaps a muscle relaxant. If these don't help, see a dentist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon who treats these. ...Read more

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Can jaw issues cause temporal arteritis or symptoms resembling it? Jaw locks & clicks on same side as recently bulging forehead artery. Normal bp

Can jaw issues cause temporal arteritis or symptoms resembling it? Jaw locks & clicks on same side as recently bulging forehead artery. Normal bp

Temporal Arteritis?: It is chronic inflammation of large arteries of the head and has nothing to do with the jaw. If there is a delay in treating this condition it can cause permanent loss of vision in one eye. See your PCP for consultation and tests ASAP. ...Read more

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My jaw locks an hour after I get up and stays locked all day. Can only fit 2 fingers in. Dentist thinks this is okay. I don't. Am I right?

My jaw locks an hour after I get up and stays locked all day. Can only fit 2 fingers in.  Dentist thinks this is okay.  I don't.  Am I right?

You need: to get a second opinion about your situation. It is not normal to have that minimal of a jaw opening. Ideally a TMJ or TMD specialist would be able to accurately diagnose your problem. ...Read more

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What should I do if my jaw locks and stiffens all the time?

You should: Have it medically evaluated. Consider seeing an otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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My jaw locks shut at least once a week and the pain continues to get worse?

My jaw locks shut at least once a week and the pain continues to get worse?

TMJ Disorder: When your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting pain and discomfort can extend far past your jaw locking. See a dentist or TMJ specialist. ...Read more

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So for about 2 years, my jaw locks and i can't open it without having to unhook it out of place. Help?

Dental visit: Avoid opening wide as you are sliding off the cartilage pad which allows the jaw to function. Visit a TMJ specialist for possible fabrication of a bite splint to recapture the disks and resolve or lessen your experiences with this disorder. ...Read more

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My jaw locks up and cracks when I chew. Why?

Disc: there is a catelagenous disk in your joint that is dislocated. A splint may help in recapturing the disc, but cause of the dislocation must be addressed. It may be from trauma (sports, accident, etc), clenching/grinding, malocclusion, etc. See your Dentast. Consultation w Orthodontist and/or Oral Surgeon may be indicated. You may also need Meds, exercises, behavior modification. ...Read more

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