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How to Unlock a Locked Jaw


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Esthetic Smiles
A person holding their jaw in painTemporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, commonly referred to as a locked jaw, can cause excruciating pain and frustration. This syndrome develops when the jaw joint becomes dislocated or immobile.

Causes and Symptoms of a Locked Jaw


Numerous factors might cause a locked jaw, such as stress, jaw injuries, arthritis, and teeth grinding. A locked jaw must be unlocked with perseverance and the appropriate technique. The inability to fully open or close the mouth, jaw pain or tenderness, and popping, clicking, or grating noises in the jaw joint are only some of the signs of a locked jaw. A locked jaw can also cause headaches, earaches, or neck pain.

Tips and Remedies


Warm compresses can be used on the problem area to help relax the muscles and promote jaw movement, which can help relieve a locked jaw. Perform jaw exercises to stretch and massage the jaw muscles gently. Avoid chewing gum and hard or sticky meals that might cause joint pain. Use over-the-counter painkillers to reduce inflammation and ease discomfort. Try deep breathing exercises or meditation to ease tension in your jaw and relieve stress. If grinding your teeth is a problem, consider getting a night guard.

When to Seek Professional Assistance


Seek medical attention if you have severe or chronic discomfort, have trouble breathing or swallowing, have jaw locking that lasts a long time, have jaw swelling or soreness, or have difficulty opening or closing your mouth. Seek advice from a dental specialist for an accurate diagnosis and a customized treatment strategy.

In some situations, more advanced therapies, such as mouth guards or dental splints, physical therapy, or, in extreme cases, surgery may be required. Your dentist or oral surgeon will decide the optimum procedure based on your condition.

Schedule an Appointment With Us Today


Do not let a locked jaw disrupt your life. Make an appointment with our office if you are experiencing the signs of TMJ trouble. Our team of professionals is ready to assist you in getting relief and regaining the use of your jaw.



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