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A 25-year-old female asked:

i had atmj arthroscopy. for the last six months, i have beenwearing a decompression splint. now, i have started to hear pops and clicks every time i eat and open my mouth. is it normal?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management 11 years experience
Probably: Popping or clicking could mean improved mobility of the joint rather than anything abnormal. Make sure you do not pop it deliberately though. The oral orthotic could need to be adjusted or checked by the dentist. If there is any pain or locking, consult your dentist right away.
Dr. Michael Gulizio
Prosthodontics 25 years experience
TMJ Clicking: Clicking and popping after TMJ arthoscopy is not normal. The clicking that you are hearing is the disc sliding on and off of the lower jawbone. I would advise you to revisit with your dentist so that he/she can reevaluate you and make adjustments to the decompression splint.
Dr. William Williams
Cosmetic Dentistry 46 years experience
Sounds are common: Noises in a TMJ are common and mean that the surfaces are rubbing, sliding around on one another, going over "bumps" and making noise you hear. Sometimes the bone is involved and the sound becomes a grating sound. These are all signs of TMJ disc dysfunction or TMJ arthritis in one of its stages. Arthoscopy does not stop it in many cases. A decompression splint is a good idea but may need to more.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: If you have less pain and chewing dysfunction after an arthoscopy, your are doing well. Popping and clicking of the tmj, unacompanies by pain and limited oral opening, is within normal limits after an arthroscopy.

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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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