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Why is my jaw locking when I first wake up?
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Morning stiffness
Clenching, bruxing or grinding teeth during sleep can exhaust jaw muscles and lead to pain, stiffness and morning jaw locking.
See Orofacial Pain specialist for TMJ evaluation and treatment.

In brief: Morning stiffness
Clenching, bruxing or grinding teeth during sleep can exhaust jaw muscles and lead to pain, stiffness and morning jaw locking.
See Orofacial Pain specialist for TMJ evaluation and treatment.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree
In brief: Jaw locking in a.m.
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 in a.m.
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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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Disk
Jaw Joint (TMJ) disk out of position.
Indicates advanced problem. See TMJ expert. If locking progresses, you may need a TMJ arthrocentesis or arthroscopic surgery.

In brief: Disk
Jaw Joint (TMJ) disk out of position.
Indicates advanced problem. See TMJ expert. If locking progresses, you may need a TMJ arthrocentesis or arthroscopic surgery.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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