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A 42-year-old member asked:

I have painful jaw and it keeps clicking when i open it. what could this be?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
Temporal Mandibular : The temporal mandibular joint can cause a painful jaw with clicking during function. Imo the cause is unilateral masseter muscle spasm associated with a chronically tilted head, and found within the uppermost face.
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What can I do if my jaw keeps locking and when i open it it clicks?

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Dr. Donald Cohen
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Dislocated disk: You probably have an anteriorly displaced disk within your temporomandibular joint (tmj). This can cause popping when it returns to it's proper position or if it doesn't return to the proper position may need treatment with a bite splint or even surgery. You should see a dentist who is familiar with this problem or an oral & maxillofacial surgeon.
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A 31-year-old member asked:

My jaw keeps clicking, how can I stop this?

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Dr. Nishan Odabashian
Endodontics 31 years experience
See your dentist: Jaw clicking is an indication that your mandible (lower jaw) has moved from it's rest postion in the tempero-mandibular joint (tmj). Sometimes, all it takes is a repositioning of the lower jaw (really easy). Sometimes you are given a night guard to repostion and maintain the correct position of your jaw in the joint. If your dentist does not do this, ask for a referral to a TMJ specialist.
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Last updated Mar 22, 2014

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