I have always had problems with my jaw popping and cracking. Recently, it has gotten significantly worse and occasionally feels like I have lock-jaw. My doctor offered the solution of breaking and re-setting my jaw. That seems like a drastic step without having a diagnosis. Are there other options for me?
A frustrated patient in Wyoming.
I can see why you are frustrated. I haven’t examined you, but yes, I would find that a little extreme as a course of action without a solid diagnosis. What you’re describing sounds like a problem with the disc in your jaw-joint related to TMJ disorder. You’ll want to find a TMJ specialist to examine you. Look for a dentist who has had training with the distinguished Las Vegas Institute (LVI). TMJ is complicated and requires post-graduate training.
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