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A 26-year-old male asked:

Sometimes when i open my mouth wide i hear a grinding noise on the left. also i get bad headaches/neck pain on the left side randomly. is this tmj?

7 doctor answers18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 22 years experience
Could be: It is possible you have temporomandibular disorder. You should see a dentist to have it checked.
Dr. Dale Rottman
Dentistry 44 years experience
Yes: Yes those are certainly symptoms of temporal mamdibular joint pain and are treatable. Consult your dentist for treatment.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
It sounds like it : May be that condition based on your symptom description. See your dentist for an evaluation.
Dr. Scott Greenhalgh
Dentistry 33 years experience
YES: Yes these are each parts of TMJ dysfunction or tmd. You need to see a TMJ dentist or a dentist with a lot experience in treating bites. This can get worse. You can have the headaches greatly increase as well. This is the single most painful problem i see in my office. Go now.
Dr. Raza Pasha
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Could be...: Crepitus or the sound of cartilage "grinding" is a symptom of temporomandibular joint disease (tmj). Other common symptoms include ear pain (referred pain), headache, neck and back pain.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dentistry 45 years experience
Very good chance: The headaches and neck pain are common symptoms of tmj/tmd but don't necessarily mean you have a tmj/tmd problem. But your description of hearing a grinding noise when opening wide is a definite symptom. You should see a TMJ specialist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Probably: Sure sounds like it. See a TMj expert for guidance. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

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Last updated Oct 23, 2017

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