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need help. i've got a problem with my right jaw it won't open but i don't get the popping noise that other people say they get?

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Dr. John Scuba
25 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Closed lock: The TMJ bone disk are very mobile (they rotate like a hinge and also slide). The disk gets out of proper position from stretched attachments. What you feel is the jaw joint bone rotating and trying to slide but can't, either being physically blocked or due to muscle spasm. Absence of noise means there is no "slide" in that joint. Joint lavage with mobilization under sedation is a good idea.
Answered on Jul 3, 2017
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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
TMJ dysfunction : TMJ is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. TMJ can be divided into disorders related to the muscles of mastication and those emanating from the TMJ. Clicking noise with no other symptoms is not a problem and no treatment is necessary. Rec.: if concerned see orofacial pain specialist for consultation. Very common and benign condition.
Answered on May 14, 2014

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