Were you chewing, yawning, or talking, and your jaw suddenly locked? This is a frightening condition called locked jaw. Your jaw is out of alignment and won’t unlock until it can slip back into its joint. Sometimes you can do this on your own, but other times you’ll need intervention from your Sydney TMJ dentist.
If you need immediate assistance, please have someone call (02) 9686 7375. If you are alone and can’t make a call, drive to 38 Merindah Road, Baulkham Hills, NSW 2153. Our dentist, Dr. David Lee, is experienced in jaw dysfunction and can safely move your jaw joint back into alignment without further damage.
Why Your Jaw Locks
Your jaw joint is called the temporomandibular joint. You have two, and they sit on either side of your head, just below your ears. They connect your mandible (jaw) to your skull. Your jaw joint acts like a sliding hinge and allows you to open and close your mouth as well as move it side to side and out. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to bite, chew, yawn, or speak.
A locked jaw is a symptom of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder or more commonly called TMJ. TMJ disorder is when your jaw becomes misaligned and causes pain due to inflammation, nerve pinching, and bone deterioration. If you hear clicking, popping, or grinding sounds when you open and close your mouth, it’s a sign that your jaw joint is sliding in and out of its socket. After time and repeated slipping, it can lock out of place, and you won’t be able to close your mouth.