If You Can't Open Your Jaw All The Way…
We understand what you’re going through. We see patients at our offices all the time who are filled with worry and fear because their jaws won’t open in the morning or they can’t open their jaws all the way during the day.
There are several problems that might be the reason you can’t open your jaw all the way, such as an infection, an erupting wisdom tooth, or another medical issue. But most often, when you can’t open your mouth wide, it’s due to problems in your temporomandibular joints (your TMJs), such as cartilage slippage, ligament instability, inflammation-induced pain, and issues in the muscles of your jaw, neck, and/or shoulders.
It is scary when you can’t open your jaw all the way! And fear can make it even harder to open your mouth all the way.