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How can I stop my jaw from locking?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Seek help

Probable cause of jaw locking is disc out of position.
The tricky part is finding out why, and then treating the cause. For example if joint dysfunction caused by malocclusion, you may need to see an Orthodontic Specialist. If disc is damaged, you may need to see an Oral Surgeon. Start with your Dentist and follow his/her recommendations.

In brief: Seek help

Probable cause of jaw locking is disc out of position.
The tricky part is finding out why, and then treating the cause. For example if joint dysfunction caused by malocclusion, you may need to see an Orthodontic Specialist. If disc is damaged, you may need to see an Oral Surgeon. Start with your Dentist and follow his/her recommendations.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: TMJ expert

Jaw locking signifies advanced displacement of the jaw joint (TMJ) disk.
Requires expert advice. See TMJ expert. 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

Jaw locking signifies advanced displacement of the jaw joint (TMJ) disk.
Requires expert advice. See TMJ expert. 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
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
If you have teeth or jaws that do not relate properly, services of an Orthodontist may be indicated.
Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Jaw locking

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

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
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