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A 46-year-old member asked:

what would cause jaw popping after having cavities filled?

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Dr. Jonathan Gerstman
Dentistry 29 years experience
Bite off/jaw fatigue: Unless you had popping in jaw before it may be do to the filling being slightly higher than your bite prior to the treatment and that would cause your jaw to be misaligned. Also if it was a rather long treatment it may be do your jaw muscles being stretched and causing the jaw to pop on opening. If it is from fatigue it will stop over time, if the bite have it adjusted by your dentist.
Dr. Kevin Hanley
Orthodontics 43 years experience
Open too long: If you had your mouth open for an extended period while having the fillings done, this may cause a dislocation of the disc of the TMJ off the top of the joint. The popping you hear is this disc sliding back into place on the top of the joint. This should be a temporary condition as healing occurs. If the disc has become significantly displaced, you may need splint therapy to recapture the disc.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Disk: TMJ (jaw joint) disk out of alignment. Due to prolonged or too wide open dental procedure. Should settle. If does not settle down, or you have jaw pain, ask dentist for referral to TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask MD, dentist or your dental society for referral.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Jaw popping and painafter it pops and almost locks up

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Stop chewing: You need to rest your jaw. Soft diet, antiinflammatories, ice, dental evaluation. No gum ever again. There is a special mouth guard called an nti device that your dentist can make that is especially helpful.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Jaw popping/cracking when i move it side to side. What could be wrong?

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Dr. Arman Dayan
Cosmetic Dentistry 33 years experience
TMJ: Your joint should be examined and the appropriate treatment rendered to prevent further problems/deterioriation.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Jaw popping after having cavities filled. Is this serious?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Disc: The disk in your jaw joint may be out of position from being open so long. Eat soft foods, don't chew gum, rest the joint, warm compresses 1st 24 hrs, cold compresses after that. Notify your dentist. Probably will resolve in a few days.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Jaw popping! it's driving me crazy, any advice on how to deal with this?

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Dr. Donald Cohen
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Yes: Popping of the jaw can be due to a displaced disc which sits in the joint above the condyle (ball portion) of your temporomandibular joint or from subluxation (partial dislocation) of your joint. You need to be diagnosed properly as to your specific problem by seeing and oral ; maxillofacial surgeon.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Why is my jaw popping and how can I fix it? I need some advice.

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
TMJ: Depends on symptoms, and cause of symptoms. 3 signs of TMJ dysfunction: joint noises, joint pain ; limited oral opening. Self treat with soft diet, jaw exercises, massage, heat/cold, otc pain meds. A splint or physical therapy would be next. Occasionally muscle relaxants, biofeedback. Xrays are done for diagnosis. Surgery usually reserved for serious symptoms not responsive to other treatments.

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