In late January, I had a tooth extracted. The surgery went well, and I had relatively little pain. The tissue apparently has healed well, though it sometimes feels as if I'm still getting pain in that tooth. (My dentist says that's probably referred pain from FM problems in my masseter muscle.) I've had TMJ problems for years and wear an NTI device at night. I also had been doing exercises for TMJ and had PT on my jaw about 6 or 7 years ago. My mouth opening--which my dentist said was one of the smallest he'd seen--had improved a great deal. I think it may have been normal when I had the oral surgery. Unfortunately, *after* the surgery, my mouth opening seemed to close up again. I can't even eat a banana without pain in my jaw. (My PT says I shouldn't use my front teeth to bite into anything, because that will put my jaw in a bad position.) All this is a big problem, because I need to get a bridge to replace the molar that was extracted--and I can't open my mouth wide enough for the dentist to work on it. So it's back to physical therapy. Yesterday, I saw the same PT who worked on my jaw 6 years ago. She's wonderful and really knows her stuff. She told me that my jaw is "partly locked." I know that TMJ is commonly associated with FMS. So I was wondering whether anybody else has had a problem with the jaw locking up. If so, how did you handle the problem, and how long did it last? Thanks. --Laura R.M.