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Question:
Jaw Impact Trauma: I got into a car accident about 2 1/2 years ago and my face hit the steering wheel.

For about the first 2 years, every time I would open my mouth my jaw would crack. When I would wake up in the mornings I wouldn't be able to open my mouth completely so I would have to rub it for about 20 minutes then everything would be fine.

One morning, about 6 months ago, I woke up and rubbed my jaw like I did every morning but my jaw would not open. Now it is hard for me to eat many things because my jaw won't open all the way and when I yawn it hurts really bad to open my mouth.

My doctor tells me just to take some motrin and put a hot compress on my jaw but it still hurts. What can I do to fix this problem? ...Visitor from NY

Answer:
There are many things that can be causing this problem from muscle tightness to a boney fusion of the joint.

You should be seen by a TMJ Dentist and will need an MRI to see inside the joint.

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