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Why is my jaw locking when I wake up?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Possible parafunctio

One reason might be that you are grinding your teeth (or clenching) at night.
You need to see a dentist to find out the exact reason for you.

In brief: Possible parafunctio

One reason might be that you are grinding your teeth (or clenching) at night.
You need to see a dentist to find out the exact reason for you.
Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dr. Jonathan Engel
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Dysfunction

Probably clenching and/or grinding @ night.
A night guard may help reduce symptoms, but cause of brutish should be found and treated. Malocclusion often implicated.

In brief: Dysfunction

Probably clenching and/or grinding @ night.
A night guard may help reduce symptoms, but cause of brutish should be found and treated. Malocclusion often implicated.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Classic TMJ Disorder

It sounds like a classic case of TMJ disorder. You can discuss possible causes and treatments of your problem with your dentist or a TMJ specialist.

In brief: Classic TMJ Disorder

It sounds like a classic case of TMJ disorder. You can discuss possible causes and treatments of your problem with your dentist or a TMJ specialist.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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