My jaw has locked up. I’m trying to reach my dentist, but wondered what I can do about it in the meantime. I’ve heard this can have something to do with TMJ.
Amanda H. – New Jersey
Yes, locked jaws are generally related to TMJ. It happens when the condyle (the head of the lower jaw) is unable to move back over the disc into its normal position.
Your jaw being locked is very uncomfortable. Use heat and/or ice packs, along with anti-inflammatories or muscle relaxers.
If that doesn’t work, it will be recommended for you to wear a splint to reposition the the disc. You don’t want to wear the splint on a long-term basis, just enough to get it to work properly. Otherwise, it could change your bite.
You’ll want to see someone with training in neuromuscular dentistry. It would be best to find someone with LVI training (The Las Vegas Institute).
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