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What can I do about my jaw locking up.?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Jaw locks

Take some advil, Motrin or aleve (naproxen) if you can, use moist hot compresses on the outside of your face next to your jaw joint and call your dentist (or a dentist who has experience and knowledge) to evaluate you for conservative treatment for tmjoint problems.
Stay on soft foods and do not chew gum.

In brief: Jaw locks

Take some advil, Motrin or aleve (naproxen) if you can, use moist hot compresses on the outside of your face next to your jaw joint and call your dentist (or a dentist who has experience and knowledge) to evaluate you for conservative treatment for tmjoint problems.
Stay on soft foods and do not chew gum.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: Find out cause

To treat the problem requires diagnosing the cause of your disc displacement.
Most TMJoint treatment is palliative, makes you feel better without addressing the cause. If cause can be defined, appropriate treatment can be instituted. Start with your Dentist. If he/she feels referrals are necessary, don't blow it off.

In brief: Find out cause

To treat the problem requires diagnosing the cause of your disc displacement.
Most TMJoint treatment is palliative, makes you feel better without addressing the cause. If cause can be defined, appropriate treatment can be instituted. Start with your Dentist. If he/she feels referrals are necessary, don't blow it off.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: TMJ expert

When your jaw is locking, it signifies advanced displacement of your TMJ (jaw joint) disk.
See a 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: TMJ expert

When your jaw is locking, it signifies advanced displacement of your TMJ (jaw joint) disk.
See a 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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