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What should I do about my jaw lockin?
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree
In brief: Open and rock
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: Open and rock
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. David Satloff
If the meniscus causing the TM joint to lock, then there is a need to unload the joint with an orthotic.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: TMJ expert
TMJ locking is a significant mechanical obstruction.
See a TMJ expert.

In brief: TMJ expert
TMJ locking is a significant mechanical obstruction.
See a TMJ expert.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Ron E. Bell
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees
In brief: TMD
The disc between the mandible and the temporal bone is not cartilage.
It is a special tissue specific for that region of the body. It can become dislodged from the condyle and cause the jaw to 'lock' . It can lock open or closed. You need to see a dentist that treats jaw problems. You may need a splint . Choose your dr carefully.

In brief: TMD
The disc between the mandible and the temporal bone is not cartilage.
It is a special tissue specific for that region of the body. It can become dislodged from the condyle and cause the jaw to 'lock' . It can lock open or closed. You need to see a dentist that treats jaw problems. You may need a splint . Choose your dr carefully.
Dr. Ron E. Bell
Dr. Ron E. Bell
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Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Get profess. help
Your jaw is locking because it is not functioning in the right place and the cartilage is slipping or and this results in an inability to open (locked).
This will not fix itself. Conservative measures (spling and physical therapy) can usually find a position where it can begin to function and if not too damaged the joint may recover sufficient function so it can be managed without surgery.

In brief: Get profess. help
Your jaw is locking because it is not functioning in the right place and the cartilage is slipping or and this results in an inability to open (locked).
This will not fix itself. Conservative measures (spling and physical therapy) can usually find a position where it can begin to function and if not too damaged the joint may recover sufficient function so it can be managed without surgery.
Dr. Duane Keller
Dr. Duane Keller
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