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A 31-year-old member asked:

Jaw keeps clicking and locking when i try to open wide. what could this be?

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Dr. Robert Varady
Specializes in Family Medicine
Could be TMJ: Might be temporal mandibular joint dysfunction, TMJ for short. You'd do best to see a dentist. Aleve (naproxen) might help in the short run. Try not open so wide as the clicks are doing some damage.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my jaw keeps locking and when i open it it clicks?

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Dr. Donald Cohen
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
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.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me why my jaw keeps clicking whenever i open it?

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Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25 years experience
Jaw clicking: The tmjs are right next to the ears, so you can easily hear noise in them . The bone and disk are very mobile and stretched attachments often allow disks to become displaced. As the jaw bone slides over the displaced disk, there is clicking and popping noise as you open. The management is usually conservative unless pain or decreased function or locking is severe.
A 34-year-old member asked:

My jaw keeps clicking whenever i open it. Should i be worried?

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Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25 years experience
Joint noise: Many joints (elbows, knees, ankles, others)click. It's just that you can't hear most of them unless the noise is loud. Your TMJ is intimate to your ear(s) and any noise there becomes quite easy to hear and may annoy many folks. If there is no pain, and you can chew and function well, don't worry. However, if there are changes in bite, jaw pain or locking, headaches, then an exam is in order.

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