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Jaw Keep Clicking
TMJ syndrome: When your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting popping, locking and discomfort can extend far past your jaw pain. See a dentist or TMJ specialist for examination, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
See answer: Some patients have pops and clicks in their tmj. Usually no treatment is indicated if there is no associated pain, restricted motion or loss of function. If the clicking is associated with joint problems, then treatment will be required. See a dentist for a full evaluation. ...Read more
Displaced disk: The disk in the jaw joint (TMJ) is displaced. This can result in clicking and/or popping. In some cases it progressed to jaw pain, limited opening, jaw locking and headaches. Clicking alone does not require treatment. If you clench and or grind your teeth, this can make things worse. If you need advice, or your condition progresses, see a TMJ specialist. ...Read more
Abnormal movements: Clicking of the jaw or TMJ is result of abnormal movement within the tmj. It can be related to an abnormality in any of the surfaces of the structures that comprise the tmj, or an abnormality in the position and/or movement of the meniscus or disc in the TMJ which can be due to a number of different causes. Your dentist can evaluate you and your symptoms and provide you with more information. ...Read more
Jaw Click: That sounds possibly like TMJ (temperomandibular joint) syndrome. It's an inflammation of the muscles/ tendons of the area of the jaw. Best treatment is conservative. Avoid eating ice or hard, chewy foods and take an NSAID (like aleve/motrin) with food if it hurts. If the problem persists, you might need to be prescribed a muscle relaxant or have to use a mouth guard (to limit teeth grinding). ...Read more
See your dentist: Jaw clicking is an indication that your mandible (lower jaw) has moved from it's rest postion in the tempero-mandibular joint (tmj). Sometimes, all it takes is a repositioning of the lower jaw (really easy). Sometimes you are given a night guard to repostion and maintain the correct position of your jaw in the joint. If your dentist does not do this, ask for a referral to a TMJ specialist. ...Read more
Several reasons: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
TMD possible: If you have clicking in the jaw, it could be a sign of tmd, temporomandibular disorder. There are other symtoms such as headaches, painful chewing, limited opening, and a "sore face". Many times there is not one sole cause, but many factors that contribute to it. Those include trauma, arthritis, bad occlusion or bite, and grinding or clenching. The best way to diagnose is to see your dentist. ...Read more
No worry: TMJ is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. TMJ can be divided into disorders related to the muscles of mastication and those emanating from the TMJ. Clicking noise with no other symptoms is not a problem and no treatment is necessary. Rec.: if concerned see orofacial pain specialist for consultation. Very common and benign condition. ...Read more
Jaw clicking: The tmjs are right next to the ears, so you can easily hear noise in them. The bone and disk are very mobile and stretched attachments often allow disks to become displaced. As the jaw bone slides over the displaced disk, there is clicking and popping noise as you open. The management is usually conservative unless pain or decreased function or locking is severe. ...Read more
TMJ consult: A consultation with a dentist who treats TMJ problems is indicated. (S)he can help you to live a more comfortable life. ...Read more
TMJ clicking: It best to see a dentist who has extensive experience and training treating patients with tmd\tmj problems so that you can be properly evaluated and receive appropriate treatment and guidance as necessary. ...Read more
Often my jaw will locks itself and afterwards it clicks. How can I stop the locking and clicking?
Have it evaluated: See a dentist who has experience and training treating patients with tmd (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). There are many conservative methods to help deal with this issue. ...Read more
My jaw is producing clicking noise anytime I open or close it, but recently it won't open fully! What does it mean?
Jaw problem: The symptoms/signs you describe are consistent with a problem with a temporomandibular joint (tmj). A dentist/ orthodontist/ent can examine your jaw joints & provide treatment. ...Read more
The top left side of my jaw at the back has started clicking, making it quite difficult to eat. What is the cause of this and how can I stop it?
TMJ: Sounds like you have a TMJ issue. Causes range from grinding to malocclusion to excessive gum chewing just to name a few. Please see a local dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more
This type of imbalance is very unstable and may or may not have some of the other symptoms associated with it. An unstable TMJ or hypermobile jaw can yield to a variety of bite issues that in time not only cause discomfort, but contributes to the advanced wearing down of teeth.
See a prosthodontist to help determine if this is a muscle issue or joint issue. ...Read more
TMD: The most common cause of jaw pain with clicking is what is known as temporo-mandibular disorder. The differential diagnosis includes true inflammation (arthritis) of the jaw joint or masticatory (muscles that close the jaw) muscle spasm as in grinding your teeth as a habit. The diagnosis can be resolved by a dentist or oral surgeon. Ent docs see this commonly as otalgia (ear ache). ...Read more
Disk out: TMJ disk our of alignment. If no other symptoms, no treatment necessary. If pain, locking, limited oral opening, clench/grind of teeth, see 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 your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more
Joint: It is the temporal mandibular joint that can get inflamed or tight from biting down too hard on food or grinding your teeth at night that places it out of alignment that may be giving you the clicking sensation. If it starts to hurt you should have that evaluated. ...Read more
See TMJ Doctor: Jaw clicking is almost always related to a displaced disc in the jaw joint (tmj). No treatment indicated if there is no pain and the jaw does not lock open or closed. If the noise is loud enough that others can hear it, then you should see a TMJ specialist for assessment and treatment. ...Read more
Disk malposition: The articular disk is our of position. No treatment unless annoying, progressing, pain or jaw locking. If any of those are occurring, see 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 your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...Read more
DO HAVE TMJ: If your jaw clicks and you have pain, you have symptoms of tmj/tmd. Even clicking or popping without pain signifies that there is a misalignment with the TMJ complex and it should be evalauted asap before locking or other symptoms may appear. ...Read more
TMD: This is a common symptom of tmd. It occurs when the disc inside your tmjoint gets trapped as you open and close. See a dentist who has experience and training treating patients with tmd (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). There are many conservative methods to help deal with this issue. ...Read more
See a dentist: The click may be a sign of TMJ syndrome (temporomandibular joint). Do not attempt to fix this yourself and see a dentist for corrective devices. ...Read more
Not yet lockjaw: Sounds like your jaw muscles may be going into spasm and the clicking specially if painful could be a sign of TMJ dysfunction. Switch to a softer diet temporarily, jaw rest, moist heat should help. But you do need to be evaluated by a dentist familiar with TMJ problems. Or you could consult with an oral surgeon. ...Read more