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Noise when i talk or swallow -like snapping or ticking from muscles in the vicinity of my ears. it hurts as well. eustachian tubes are fine i was tested, no tmj pain when chew/yawn.

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Dr. David Chrisman answered

Specializes in Dentistry - Cosmetic

Jaw noise: It is most likely a dislocation of the disc in your jaw. It is not always painful but TMJ problems have an association to eustation tube dysfunction. If you feel a pop on opening and a clunk on closing then it is most likely a disc displacement. Many TMJ patients complain of fullness in the ears. You may think about seeing a TMJ dentist for evaluation.

Answered 8/15/2016

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Dr. Michael Lebowitz answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Noise when swallowin: The noise you are hearing may be due to a slight dislocation of the disc in the tmj. The absence of pain is good and this may not become a problem. I would still recommend that you see a dentist that treats tmd to properly diagnosis the problem and determine if the disc location will be a problem in the future.

Answered 4/2/2016

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Dr. Jed Kwartler answered

Specializes in enT - Head & Neck Surgery

Ear noise: May also be spasm of middle ear muscles which can also be triggered by swallowing.

Answered 5/1/2017

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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Cause???: You need to have an evaluation and diagnosis, including x-rays and possibly a mri. The cause of your problem is significant and how long you have been noticing the pop. It may be the articular disk that is displaced forward. Need to have more research. Let a specialist spend time with you, explain and give you options.

Answered 12/10/2013

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Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Sounds like tmj: Sounds like TMJ. See TMD expert. 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.

Answered 3/21/2015

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler answered

Specializes in Periodontics

TMJoint symptoms: You need to have the muscles around your tm joint evaluated if they are strained or sore that is the problem many times people think they are having ear pain but it turns out to be tmjoint.

Answered 4/16/2013

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Dr. Arnold Malerman answered

Specializes in Orthodontics

Crepetus: Could be TMJ problem where the cartilagenous disk in the joint is beginning to break down. Have your dentist check your occlusion. Malocclusion can cause joint damage. Also check w ENT specialist.

Answered 6/10/2014

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Dr. James Courey answered

Specializes in Prosthodontics

Its OK.: Crepitus refers to joint noises, such as popping and cracking in the joints as tmj. It can be quite disturbing & cause concern, particularly if it shows up suddenly. In most cases, these noises are not indicative of any underlying problem. Most joint crepitus, cracking and popping usually has a 'bark that is worse than its bite.' there is likely no concern. If any pain arises see a prosthodontist.

Answered 2/15/2016

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Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Might be TMJ noise: Might be TMJ noise. See TMJ expert for diagnosis. 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.

Answered 3/21/2015

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