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    Old 08-26-2018, 07:43 AM   #1
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    Exclamation My mouth is STUCK. CLOSED.

    Ok so last year in July, I woke up one morning and the left side of my jaw was stuck in place. I tried everything to get it open but it wouldn't budge so I immediately made an appointment with the top jaw specialist/surgeon at my dentist office.

    He gave me muscle relaxers, advised me to put heat on it, made me a custom nightguard and assured me it would open again in no time... Haha... Right.

    Despite me following all his orders it NEVER OPENED. I tried intensive physical therapy for weeks and it still didn't budge. It's been over a year that my left jaw is stuck in place.

    I've been able to cope with it because the right side of my jaw was mobile so at least I could somewhat open my mouth to eat, brush my teeth, etc.

    BUT just two days ago I woke up and guess what. The RIGHT side of my jaw was stuck closed too! Panic ensued. Literally my entire mouth is shut closed now and I cannot get it open. I've already made an appointment with him again but understandably my hopes aren't too high because he couldn't even help me get the first side open, let alone two.

    I seriously cannot survive like this. I'm worried my mouth will never open again based on my track record. Also I'm currently trying to get over a flu and feel very nauseous so I'm worried if I vomit it won't be able to get out of my mouth quickly enough... Choking hazard?

    I've been dreading for this to happen.

    Anyone who has suffered from bad TMJ or had their mouth stuck closed before for an extended period of time please help me... I've read every article and watched every video out there but none of it is working!

    I would be so grateful. I'm desperate to try anything.

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    Old 08-27-2018, 02:39 AM   #2
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    Re: My mouth is STUCK. CLOSED.

    Go to the emergency room at your local hospital. You need an oral surgeon who is also a TMJ doctor and every hospital has one on call. Do not play around with this- skip seeing a regular doctor or a chiropractor as this is not in their wheelhouse. Only an oral surgeon has the knowledge to help you and get you through this. More than likely you are looking at surgery, but this does qualify as a true emergency. Hopefully you wont see the same doctor you saw last time as this should have been treated the first time. TMJ is a mandibular (jaw) issue which needs very precise fixing- as in realigning.

    Go to the ER and request that an oral surgeon be brought in.
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    Old 09-09-2018, 09:21 PM   #3
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    Re: My mouth is STUCK. CLOSED.

    I feel your pain. In December I had double jaw surgery to correct my bite. Soon after my jaw locked shut. Iíve only been able to open 3 mm for the past 9 months and am surviving on Soylents for my nutrition. Itís hard and Iíve had 2 follow up surgeries to try to fix the issue with no success. My surgeon has me using these silicon wedges to help open, but itís a slow going process. The plan/goal is to be able to open wide enough to be able to use a therabite device. I see a maxillofacial surgeon and someone who is slightly more qualified than that. Hopefully this helps as Iíve hit every road bump so far in this journey.

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    Old 10-30-2018, 05:03 PM   #4
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    Re: My mouth is STUCK. CLOSED.

    Were you able to get any relief?

     
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    Old 01-16-2019, 07:33 AM   #5
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    Re: My mouth is STUCK. CLOSED.

    Any update on your situation? My jaw joints used to lock frequently then unlock... until the time they didnít unlock anymore. Tried many things already suggested with no luck until finally I was referred to an oral surgeon who does an ďarthrocentesis procedureĒ on the locked joint(s). He got me unlocked and I havenít had another episode in about 5 years now. It took more than one procedure to each side before the fix finally ďstuck,Ē but that oral surgeon is truly one of my heroes! If youíre still suffering, see if you can find an oral surgeon who knows this procedure.

     
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