What Causes Your Jaw to Lock?
There are many possible causes of jaw locking, including misalignment of the teeth, arthritis, or injury to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Teeth grinding (bruxism) can also cause the jaw to become locked. When the jaw is misaligned, the teeth may not meet properly when you bite down, making it difficult to open or close your mouth. Arthritis can cause inflammation and stiffness in the TMJ, making it difficult to move the joint. Injury to the TMJ can also cause swelling and pain, which can lead to locking of the jaw. If you grind your teeth at night, this can put extra strain on the TMJ and cause it to become locked. If you have jaw pain, or you notice that your jaw is locking more frequently, you should see a doctor or dentist to rule out any serious conditions.
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How Do We Treat Jaw Locking?
There are a number of different treatments that can be used to address jaw locking. Depending on the underlying cause of the condition, different approaches may be taken. In some cases, physical therapy may be recommended in order to stretch and strengthen the muscles and joints of the jaw. If TMJ disorder is the underlying cause, then splint therapy may be used in order to realign the jaw and protect it from further stress. In other cases, surgery may be necessary in order to correct a misalignment or to remove any blockages that are preventing proper jaw movement. Regardless of the approach that is taken, contact a qualified medical professional from TMJ Sleep & Therapy Center of Reno in order to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved.
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