TMJ stuck open

by lydia

If I open my mouth too wide, my jaw will get stuck open. I have to force it shut but when I do it makes a crunching sound. What is another way to deal with this? And how severe would you rate this?
Thank you.

Hello Lydia,
You want to try and avoid that forcing shut with the crunching sound. It's probably from the disc in the joint, and you're damaging it. The first step is simply avoiding biting into a whole apple, or double Mac. Try not to yawn.

What other symptoms do you have? Facial pain, or migraine type headaches? Neck pain?

You'll find some TMJ exercises at this site; that would be a good place to start.

Start hunting for someone who specialises in the jaw joint.

Dr B

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