Posted by: Beyonce | 2005/11/18


Locked Jaw

I had my wisdom teeth extracted last year because the doctor I saw believed that my jaw was locked because my wisdom teeth was impacting on my muscle and thus causing my mouth to lock.
I had the extraction and was fine after that.
However, I have for the past two weeks had the same problem and cannot open my mouth fully.
If I try to then it pains on the same side that the wisdom teeth was extracted.
The psyiotherapist I have seen said it might be stress.
Wat do you think could be the cause for this?
Because I cannot understand why this happened again and can stress really do that?

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

the locking of jaws is usually due to an abnormality in the articular eminence (part of the jaw joint where the lower jaw rotates). If this part of the bone is not prominant enough, the lower jaw slides over it causing the jaw to "lock". See a maxillofacial specialist, have an x-ray of the joint taken and see if this is indeed the case. If the problem is not severe it can be left as is and you will have to learn to unlock it (ask the specialist to show you how). If it is severe, you may need surgery.

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