Restricted Opening & Other Problems of the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
Restricted opening, sometimes known as locked jaw, is a general term that typically refers to limited opening of the jaws. Locked jaw is a general term that typically refers to limited opening of the jaws. It has a variety of causes, and can be distressing and painful. The locking can occur in episodes (frequent) for months or can lock continuously on first locking or after years of episodic locking.
Restricted opening is often referred to as TMJ; however, this is incorrect, as the TMJ is simply the name of the joint (temporomandibular). Any sort of disorder of the TMJ has been called TMD.
Restricted opening is indicative of issues that are serious and usually requires urgent care to resolve the locking.
Causes of Restricted Opening
There are actually eight causes or factors that set the stage for a restricted opening. Three of the most prevalent factors are:
- Tension in Muscles
Treatment of Restricted Opening and TMJ in Raleigh, NC at the Raleigh Facial Pain Center
If you have any symptoms of restricted opening, open lock, TMD or other TMJ problems, we suggest scheduling an appointment at the Raleigh Facial Pain Center. Chronic jaw pain can be debilitating, and Dr. Keith A. Yount, who is board certified and residency trained, and our staff work hard to help our patients find relief. Contact us today for more information.
The Raleigh Facial Pain Center provides services to patients with chronic facial and jaw pain in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Durham and beyond, including Wake Forest, Greenville, Pinehurst, New Bern, Greensboro and even South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.