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Why does my jaw keep cracking?

Why does my jaw keep cracking?

TMJ: This could be an issue with the temporomandibular joint (tmj). If you just hear a sound while chewing... That is the movement of the condyle of the jaw bone in the joint space. A popping sensation could be a problem with the joint cavity. A pain when chewing or talking could be inflammation of the joint space. ...Read more

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My jaw is stiff, is it okay for me to be cracking it?

My jaw is stiff, is it okay for me to be cracking it?

Not good: "Cracking" your jaw will probably make things worse. The cracking is likely a sign of the disk of the jaw joint (TMJ) out of position. This problem is often progressive resulting in increasing pain, limited oral headaches, neck pain and other problems. The best solution is to see a TMJ expert. Ask your MD, DDS or dental society for referral. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned that my jaw made cracking noises?

Should i be concerned that my jaw made cracking noises?

YES: A normal joint is painless, noiseless and has a full range of motion. When any of these are violated it usually means something is going wrong that will not self correct. Conservative means are usually able to find a better jaw position and allow the structures to heal if interception is in time. Ask you dentist for help or a referral and the sooner the better. ...Read more

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What could cause jaw cracking?

What could cause jaw cracking?

Disc in the joint: There is a small disc of cartilage in the temporandibular joint that can crack or pop if it gets out of place. It rarely causes problems, but if you also have pain or limited motion, you should see your dentist. ...Read more

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Could cracking your jaw cause lockjaw?

Could cracking your jaw cause lockjaw?

TMJ disk: Cracking of the jaw means the disk in the jaw joint is out of position. The triad of TMJ problems includes joint noised, limitation of opening (what you are describing as "lockjaw", and jaw joint pain. ...Read more

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Why do I do a cracking/popping noise with my jaw?

Why do I do a cracking/popping noise with my jaw?

TMJ PROBLEMS: This is probably from your temporal mandibular joint also known as your TMJ. It can become inflamed and irritated and cause a snapping or popping sound while chewing. If painful make an appointment to see a dentist or other medical professional that specializes in TMJ treatments. ...Read more

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My jaw keeps popping/cracking. What does this mean?

My jaw keeps popping/cracking. What does this mean?

TMD: This is a result of the internal disc in one or both of your tmjoints getting trapped as you open and\or close your mouth. See a dentist with extensive training and experience treating patients who have temporomandibular joint dysfunction for some palliative and conservative treatment suggestions. ...Read more

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My jaw is cracking and popping when i chew. Please help?

My jaw is cracking and popping when i chew. Please help?

Jaw joint noise: The joint itself is very mobile and the disk in it is very mobile as well. The disk is out of proper position, as the disk attachments have been stretched. These tissues (bone and disk) moving in an inflamed joint cause joint noise indicating "sticky" inflamed tissues . Management is usually nsaids and muscle relaxants but if pain or decreased function is severe, joint lavage may really help. ...Read more

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Jaw has been cracking for at least 5 years. What can help?

TMJ issue: It sounds like you're having a TMJ problem. Please look for my tip on TMJ strengthening exercises. Also, soft diet may help. A bite guard that can be purchased over-the-counter and worn at night helps protect it while you're asleep and have no control over its movements. Naproxen or Ibuprofen help reduce inflammation and local heat may help reduce muscle spasm. If no relief, see doc. ...Read more

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Jaw cracking very loudly on both sides now, any suggestions?

Jaw cracking very loudly on both sides now, any suggestions?

See your dentist: You are exhibiting TMJ problems. The bottom line is that as your jaw is moving, as it should, there is a disc to help the jaw motion (like a teflon pad) and this is or getting ready to be damaged. There are many reasons that this has gotten to this point but the bottom line is you need to seek help before you start (and you will) getting worse/. ...Read more

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