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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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Only one jaw is cracking always when I yawn, is this normal?

Only one jaw is cracking always when I yawn, is this normal?

Jaw cracking: While it is common for the jaw to crack and pop, this is something that should be checked by a dentist. This may progress to a painful condition so get it checked. Try to avoid big yawns, as this can make things worse. ...Read more

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Had TMJ for 30 years but now my jaw cracking!?

Had TMJ for 30 years but now my jaw cracking!?

Progression of TMJ: What could have just been an annoying clicking in a joint could now have progressed to a disk perforation or disk displacement where the cushioning disk of the TMJ has become dislocated and makes that noise when you open too wide. Go get it looked at for a more definitive diagnosis. May need an arthroscopy of the effected joint. ...Read more

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Jaw popping/cracking when I move it side to side. What could be wrong?

Jaw popping/cracking when I move it side to side. What could be wrong?

TMJ disk: Is displaced. Having popping or clicking noises in the TMJ is not necessarily a problem. Many people experience these noises. As long as you do not have any pain or limitation of function the noise itself is not an issue. If you have these other symptoms, see a TMJ expert. Ask for referral. ...Read more

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Will jaw cracking or always putting pressure on it change the way your jaw/face looks?

Will jaw cracking or always putting pressure on it change the way your jaw/face looks?

No, but: No but cracking of the jaw suggests a TMJ or jaw joint problem. If you're doing it as a habit. You're destined for jaw problems. See TMJ expert for advice. 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

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I have what I think is tmd. My jaw is bothersome all day with cracking, soreness, almost like I cannot control it. What can I do?

I have what I think is tmd. My jaw is bothersome all day with cracking, soreness, almost like I cannot control it. What can I do?

Depends: Need to be evaluated to make sure that you truly have tmj/tmd or some other ailment, etc. That can mimic TMJ symptoms. Should see a dentist/tmj specialist first to give you more info with a thorough history and exam. ...Read more

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My jaw makes sounds of cracking while eating & sometimes it gets jammed. Mostly this happens when I sit infront of my computer for long time.

TMJ dysfunction: When your jaw makes crackling sounds, that is called crepitus. Your TMJ (jaw joints) are not functioning properly. It is probably a disc displacement. This typically occurs due to heavy muscle contractions mostly at night while sleeping, but also, stress during the day such as concentrating while using a computer can aggravate the problem. A full evaluation needs to be done by a dentist for tmd. ...Read more

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Can an impacted wisdom tooth cause your jaw to keep cracking when you eat?

Can an impacted wisdom tooth cause your jaw to keep cracking when you eat?

Not really. ..: The cracking sound in your jaw is probably noise coming from your jaw joint in front of the ear. It occurs when your jaw slips across a cartilage band in the joint. This would be unrelated to your wisdom teeth unless pain around a wisdom tooth has caused you to change how or where you chew your food and this is aggravating the jaw joint. ...Read more

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Facial/jaw/gum pain after cracking my jaw. What is the best treatment?

Facial/jaw/gum pain after cracking my jaw. What is the best treatment?

TMJ: Could be temperomandibular joint derrangement from injury or bad bite which results in this complex joint not working smoothly. You need to see a dentist who will take an xray that shows if the joint is abnormal as well as checking if your bite is off. ...Read more

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I feel a cracking (similar to knuckles) at my left temple (only L, not R) when I open and close my jaw. Minor pain associated. What might this be?

I feel a cracking (similar to knuckles) at my left temple (only L, not R) when I open and close my jaw. Minor pain associated. What might this be?

TMJ: TMJ problem. See a TMJ expert for guidance. 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

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Today Since morning for the first time, I'm hearing a grating/cracking sound whenever I chew on my left side. Will this go away if I rest my jaw?

Rest, ice: Sounds like you have developed a problem in the temporomandibular joint. Try resting it as much as possible, ice and some anti-inflammatory medicatons like motrin or aleve (naproxen). If this does not relieve the symptoms in a few days to a week see your doctor or dentist. ...Read more

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Jaw hurts every other day along with headaches. Makes a cracking sound every time I open it. Going to the dentist tuesday. What will they do for me?

Eval for TMJ Dysfnxn: High on the list of possibilities is TMJ dysfunction. Good idea to be seen by a dentist who'll probably evaluate the joint in front of your ear that connects your mandible (lower jaw) to your head. If it is TMJ dysfunxn you'll probably discuss antiinflammatories, warm compresses, reducing heavy chewing and lots of talking. Sometimes there are dental appliances that can be useful. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do I do about a jaw that keeps popping out almost. I have TMJ. Tonight, It made a cracking noise, now I have pain below ear there feels like fluid?

What do I do about a jaw that keeps popping out almost. I have TMJ. Tonight, It made a cracking noise, now I have pain below ear there feels like fluid?

TMJ: Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.

http://www. Webmd. Com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd#1 ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause jaw popping/cracking sound w/ pressure and tingling on that side of face/head besides TMJ/TMD?

Is there anything that can cause jaw popping/cracking sound w/ pressure and tingling on that side of face/head besides TMJ/TMD?

TMJ Disorder: When your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting pain and discomfort can extend far past your jaw. See a dentist or TMJ specialist. ...Read more