Restricted Jaw Opening Problems Are Real
April 22nd, 2015
Something you probably take for granted is the ability to open your mouth all the way! When that chewing system malfunctions, it can be quite alarming, not to mention painful. At Raleigh Facial Pain Center, we see them quite often and we want to help. The restricted opening may or may not be associated with chewing pain, pain from opening your mouth wider, or even just ongoing pain.
Where Does the Restricted Jaw Opening Come From?
Wonder where the restricted jaw opening problem comes from? The restricted opening issue is a symptom of a damaged and fragile disc in the jaw joint of the chewing system. It can be initiated by a number of factors, including:
- Opening your mouth wide like a yawn
- Chewing excessively on tough foods
- Mild blow to the head or chin
- Motor vehicle accident injuries
- Long open mouth procedure at the dentist
- Being female aged 18 to 48
When you are dealing with a restricted jaw opening, it mostly impacts your eating. Even the simplest thing as opening your mouth open about an inch or wide enough for cereal can be problematic.
Unfortunately, the disc inside the jaw joint is tethered by ligaments on both sides. This ligament sustains micro-tearing (small non painful tears) over prolonged periods of time by grinding-clenching-tooth bracing behaviors.
We’re Here to Provide Relief for Your Restricted Jaw Pain
Don’t wait for the tissues to change enough to make your jaw permanently restricted! Even though a restricted opening can rarely occur, it may have happened to you and you will need to seek care quickly to return it to proper functionality before the tissue changes enough to make it permanently restricted. You may need formal treatment or pain control assistance to get back on track.
When you are dealing with a restricted opening, it is important to work with a specialist who is trained to successfully manage and bring back mouth openings to a healthy state. Conquer your lockjaw issues with the assistance of Dr. Keith A. Yount, a board certified and residency trained orofacial pain specialist, and the caring Raleigh Facial Pain Center team. Reach out online or by phone at (919) 781-6600 and we’ll be happy to help you find relief for your jaw pain!