Have you ever been unable to close or open your jaw? You may have felt like someone took a lock and key and put it on your jaw, not allowing you to open or close it. If you tried to open or close your jaw, it likely felt incredibly painful and unsuccessful. If TMJ is the cause, you need TMJ treatment to prevent this from occurring repeatedly throughout the rest of your life. At Kuhn Dental Associates, we know how stressful and painful lockjaw can be. If it ever happens to you, we want you to visit us for a dental emergency as soon as possible. From there, we can help you resolve your TMJ symptoms with a proper treatment plan.
What is Lockjaw?
Lockjaw is also known as trismus which is a disorder that affects the jaw muscles. It occurs when a spasm in the mastication muscles of the jaw occurs and then limits the ability to open or close the jaw. Lockjaw can make eating, talking, or maintaining oral hygiene incredibly difficult. For some, it’s a temporary problem and for others, it’s more permanent. If they occur temporarily, it usually more frequent. In severe cases, lockjaw can even cause changes to appearance. Over time, it can make swallowing difficult and oral examinations even more difficult. With that said, if you experience lockjaw, don’t wait to get a proper diagnosis and start a treatment plan.