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Joint Ankylosis

It is defined as the irregular stiffening and immobility of the joints of the bone. It is caused by inflammatory processes such as rheumatoid arthritis, birth defects, trauma infections, prolonged immobility, and genetic disorders.

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I have had braces for six years, and my lower jaw is ankylosed now. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 17-year-old female; I have had braces for six years with no apparent date to get them off shortly. My current orthodontist says I have a pretty rare case of ankylosis on my bottom jaw; when I was younger, I was told we had to wait till I was 16-17 because I would probably need jaw ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mayank Khandelwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. A few possibilities come to mind from the history presented and the pictures attached (the attachments are removed to protect the patient's identity). The possibilities are ankylosis of teeth, condylar hypoplasia, condylar ankylosis and primar...  Read Full »

How can we manage lockjaw?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing a jaw lock since last year. I consulted a doctor before, but due to rising COVID cases, I cannot revisit the doctor. I am suffering a lot of pain in my jaw and facing difficulty while chewing the food. It produces a clicking sound whenever I perform any jaw-related a...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Be calm. The attached X-ray (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) only shows the type, but the digital picture is not visible. As per your history, it seems to be TMJ (temporomandibular joint) ankylosis or dislocation. Please share the name of the...  Read Full »

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