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Why is my jaw locking constantly?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Please add to that list Orthodontists for those patients with occlusal discrepancies.
Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Out of balance
A balance exists between how your teeth fit together, how your jaw joints work and how the muscles move these.
If this is not working properly it can lock (joint dislocated), your teeth may not fit together properly (bite is off) or you may experience muscle pain (headaches, earaches, etc.) check with you dentist and get help or a referral to someone who has experience treating these (years).

In brief: Out of balance
A balance exists between how your teeth fit together, how your jaw joints work and how the muscles move these.
If this is not working properly it can lock (joint dislocated), your teeth may not fit together properly (bite is off) or you may experience muscle pain (headaches, earaches, etc.) check with you dentist and get help or a referral to someone who has experience treating these (years).
Dr. Duane Keller
Dr. Duane Keller
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Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
absolutely agree--Find a doctor who successfully treats TMJ
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees
In brief: TMJ Displaced Disc
If it's locked closed, it's usually due to a displaced disc in the TMJ jaw joint.
See your dentist for unlocking procedure.

In brief: TMJ Displaced Disc
If it's locked closed, it's usually due to a displaced disc in the TMJ jaw joint.
See your dentist for unlocking procedure.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James Bates
Dr. James Bates
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