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I hear a clicking sound in my jaw mostly every time i open and close my mouth. do i have tmj or something wrong with my mouth or jaw?

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Dr. Gary Sandler answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Yes, TMD\TMJ: Your symptoms sugggest tmd (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) commonly referred to as tmj. The disc in your jaw joint(s) get trapped and make that clicking sound as you open and close. See a dentist who can evaluate you and suggest some conservative treatment options.

Answered 4/6/2014

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Maybe....: Clicking joints are not necessarily a bad thing. Moving parts sometimes make noise. If your clicking progresses to clicking with pain or no clicking with reduced range of motion then you have a TMJ problem. Many people are asymptomatic with only a click noise in their jaw joints. Try to be careful about chewing gum and like foods, they stress the joint more and may cause you discomfort.

Answered 10/4/2017

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Need evaluation: It could be as simple as a hair in your ear canal creating noise when your jaw moves or it could be tmd. Get it looked at to know for sure.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Louis Gallia answered

Specializes in Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

TMJ: Sounds like your TMJ disk is displaced. If you have no other symptoms, may not be a problem. See a TMJ expert to help evaluate and treat your problem. A TMJ expert can be an oral surgeon, prosthodontist, orofacial pain specialist. Ask your physician, dentist or dental society for a recommendation.

Answered 3/9/2016

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