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My jaw feels locked most of the time. Could this be possible TMJ syndrome (temporomandibular joint disorder)?

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Dr. Howard Spector
Dentistry - Orthodontics
4 doctors agree

In brief: TMJ Dysfunction

Yes. Your description is certainly relevant to TMJ syndrome or dysfunction.
"locking" of the joint can happen when the cartilaginous disk that rests between the bones that make up this joint becomes displaced, which can make opening your jaw difficult or painful. Currently, there are several different treatment options available. I recommend a consultation with a qualified specialist in TMJ tx.

In brief: TMJ Dysfunction

Yes. Your description is certainly relevant to TMJ syndrome or dysfunction.
"locking" of the joint can happen when the cartilaginous disk that rests between the bones that make up this joint becomes displaced, which can make opening your jaw difficult or painful. Currently, there are several different treatment options available. I recommend a consultation with a qualified specialist in TMJ tx.
Dr. Howard Spector
Dr. Howard Spector
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In brief: Symptom

Symptoms of tmj/tmd can vary from person to person, severity, location and duration.
It can affect the ears: ringing, aching, roaring, stuffiness, hearing loss; head, facial and neck: headaches, neck and facial pain; locking of the jaw: closed lock- limited opening, open lock- can't close; bite problems: can't touch the teeth, grinding, clenching; toothaches; lose teeth, fatigue, etc.

In brief: Symptom

Symptoms of tmj/tmd can vary from person to person, severity, location and duration.
It can affect the ears: ringing, aching, roaring, stuffiness, hearing loss; head, facial and neck: headaches, neck and facial pain; locking of the jaw: closed lock- limited opening, open lock- can't close; bite problems: can't touch the teeth, grinding, clenching; toothaches; lose teeth, fatigue, etc.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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In brief: Yes

I would suggest seeing a dentist with training in the field.
See www.Aaop.Org or www.Aacfp.Org for a listing of dentists. If a jaw stays locked for a while it can become permanent.

In brief: Yes

I would suggest seeing a dentist with training in the field.
See www.Aaop.Org or www.Aacfp.Org for a listing of dentists. If a jaw stays locked for a while it can become permanent.
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. Kyle Shank
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Sure could be! that said, there is a lot that goes into diagnosing tmd accurately & what needs to be done to treat it.
See your dentist to discuss the situation with them & what can be done to improve things.

In brief: Yes

Sure could be! that said, there is a lot that goes into diagnosing tmd accurately & what needs to be done to treat it.
See your dentist to discuss the situation with them & what can be done to improve things.
Dr. Kyle Shank
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Yes, TMJ syndrome

Patients with TMJ syndrome experience pain in the jaw, problems chewing, headache, difficulties opening or closing the mouth because the joint locks in place very often.
If concerned, see your dentist or orthodontist for evaluation.

In brief: Yes, TMJ syndrome

Patients with TMJ syndrome experience pain in the jaw, problems chewing, headache, difficulties opening or closing the mouth because the joint locks in place very often.
If concerned, see your dentist or orthodontist for evaluation.
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Yes

Yes. Sounds like TMD.
See a TMD specialist. 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: Yes

Yes. Sounds like TMD.
See a TMD specialist. 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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