Thanks very much for your reply.
A few months ago I went through a period where my jaw would lock open or closed, so made eating and talking difficult when it happened. I'd also hear a noise in my ear beforehand as if it were a spring being wound and then the jaw would lock for a few seconds/a minute or two etc.
The locked jaw hasn't happened recently but at the moment I have a regular ache in my jaw but when I went to the dentist a couple of weeks ago there were no fillings etc needed to explain any ache. It also hurts sometimes when I open my mouth wide.
I also currently have pain in/around my ear, although that isn't unusual as I've always had a lot of ear infections and ear problems.
I also clench/grind my teeth when I feel stressed, although I'm trying to recognise when I'm doing it and to stop as much as possible.
Does this sound like it could be a TMJ issue? Can it cause your jaw to ache on a regular basis or only when you clench/grind your teeth?
I suggest you see a TMJ specialist to prevent further deterioration as stated previously. If you are in the US, consider using your medical insurance since dental does not cover TMJ treatments which are very expensive.
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