I have been in the process of receiving treatment for TMJ for a few months now. Three weeks ago my jaw locked closed and I could only open it 20cm. They gave me a splint to wear which has helped with the pain but it is still clearly locked. The passed 2-3 days, when the pain is not bad I try and open my jaw all the way and it will unlock immediately. But, when i slowly close my jaw, my jaw locked back in place once my teeth touch my splint. My doctors apt is not for a few weeks and was wondering if anyone knows if there is anything I could do to help my jaw stay unlocked when I close my mouth. I tried keeping it opened when its unlocked, but i eventually have to close it and it locked again. Thanks
I have TMJ also, and I was in the same situation that you are in now about 10 years ago and it is agony!
What I want to know is , are you seeing an oral surgeon and is he or she the one who gave you the splint?
When my TMJ was at it's worse, my jaw would pop and crack and one night I was sleeping and I yawned in my sleep and woke up with my jaw locked open and I was in horriable pain!! My husband called 911 and they took me to the hospital and the ER tried to sedate me and pop my jaw back into place and it didn't work. They had to call in an oral surgeon and an Orthopeadic Surgeon and take me to the Operating Room and it took them 3 hours to get my jaw back into place and then I had my jaw wired shut for a little over a month!
I am not trying to scare you but Please make sure that you have an oral surgeon who is a specialist in TMJ disorders... I didn't at first and I paid the price for it.
I wish you luck and I hope you are feeling better soon!
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