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What Can I Do If My Jaw Cracks When I Open It
Jaw cracking: Popping or clicking of the jaw upon opening usually indicates a partially displaced disc in the jaw joint. If it makes more of a cracking or grinding noise, that may mean the development of arthritis which can occur when the disc is displaced for a longer period of time. Manage it conservatively at first with a soft diet, moist heat and nsaid's. If this doesn't work, see a TMJ specialist. ...Read more
I have a small bump on each side of my neck, lined up with my ears. I thought maybe it was being my jaw cracks when I open it & it irritated my neck/j?
Bump on jaw: You may be feeling the bony outline of your lower jaw bone, the mandible which has can have small bony protuberances. Alternatively you might be feeling the bottom part of your salivary glands which are located directly underneath the mandible bone. You could also be feeling the insertion of the TMJ muscles on the jaw. I would see your health care provider to have these bumps identified. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My jaw crack when i close it and sometimes it gets locked on the left side, when i try to open it i feel pain what can do to stop this?
TMD specialist: This is related to a problem with your jaw joint(s)- temporormandibular joints. Find a dentist with extensive training and experience in treating patients with tmd (temporomandibular joint dysfunction). If you can't find one, ask your general dentist to refer you to one. Proper early diagnosis and treatment will prevent bigger problems down the road. ...Read more
I am having problem with my jaw every time i open it it pops and cracks and it hurts really bad and i'm having migranes and pain killers don't help?
Maybe related or not: Jaw problems can relate to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) which can become dysfunctional or arthritic, though usually in older patients. This can trigger migraines, but you need to have both addressed as the migraines might not be related. There are dental practitioners who specialize in jaw disorders and this would be a place to start. Neurology or pcp evaluating headaches also. ...Read more
TMJ joint: There is a "cushion" in your TMJ joint that separates the head of the lower jaw from you skull. When this cushion or disc slips out of place between those two , you will here a pop or click. See your dentist to see if treatment is needed or not. Is is painfull? Do you get headaches? Sore facial muscles? ...Read more
I have this tooth problem and am not sure if it is TMJ or wisdom tooth .My jaw cracks on the right side when i open or yawn but hurts on the left ?
My right jaw bone hurts every time when i open my mouth wide & sometimes i hear it crack. Any ideas what's causing this?
TMD: It sounds like you have a temporomandibular joint disorder. The symptoms usually involve facial pain, pain with jaw function, limitation of jaw opening, or a cracking or popping sensation with jaw function. Triggers may include teeth grinding, certain sleep positions, or frequent gum chewing. First-line medications include a 10-14 day course of an nsaid, such as naproxen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was singing a few minutes ago. When I was singing a high note, my jaw cracked and now I can't open it a lot. Is this a dislocated jaw?
There's a small-: -meniscus in the TMJ just as in the knee. A tear of this can cause locking. Get into C an ENT specialist 4 eval. ...Read more
The right side of my jaw gets stiff and there is a clicking sound similar to a back being cracked when i try to open my mouth i suffer from severe tooth decay due to prior drug abuse. I've had all my molars, top and bottom, on both sides pulled about 5 ye
You : You are right - your jaw is shifting due to the loss of molars. Loss of teeth especially molars can affect the stability of temporomandibular joint. It is important to replace your missing teeth because shifting that is not within normal limits can cause tearing of fibers. It can also cause deep bite on the front teeth- that can result to chipping and cracking (worse if there was a malocclusion or bad bite from the beginning), .. These are merely few of the effects of missing teeth esp molars. Implant is a better choice than a denture. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cracking Jaw: If your jaw suddenly popped or cracked, for the first time, and it's painful, that may indicate a displaced disc in the jaw joint. For the short term, try a soft non-chewing diet, nsaid's and perhaps a muscle relaxant. If it persists, see a dentist or oral surgeon that treats TMJ problems. You may benefit from a splint. A TMJ MRI may be indicated. You may be considered a candidate for arthroscopy. ...Read more
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