6 doctors weighed in:

Does clicking and jaw noises means the joint is damaged? Even if the CT scan was fine?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Disk

The joint disk is out of position.
No treatment required unless getting louder, joint pain, jaw locking. If so, 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.

In brief: Disk

The joint disk is out of position.
No treatment required unless getting louder, joint pain, jaw locking. If so, 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.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
Thank
Dr. David Kam
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: TMJ noise

As you open your mouth, the jaw slides forward.
The meniscus in your TMJ goes forward then snaps back with a popping sound. If you have no pain or limitation in opening your mouth, it is all normal!

In brief: TMJ noise

As you open your mouth, the jaw slides forward.
The meniscus in your TMJ goes forward then snaps back with a popping sound. If you have no pain or limitation in opening your mouth, it is all normal!
Dr. David Kam
Dr. David Kam
Thank
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree

In brief: Glad you asked

While the presence of joint sounds implies that some mechanical disturbance is present in the joint, it does not mean that treatment is required.
Many patients with joint noise are able to adapt to structural changes within the joint and have a full, pain-free range of motion. Especially if cone beam ct is within normal limits.

In brief: Glad you asked

While the presence of joint sounds implies that some mechanical disturbance is present in the joint, it does not mean that treatment is required.
Many patients with joint noise are able to adapt to structural changes within the joint and have a full, pain-free range of motion. Especially if cone beam ct is within normal limits.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Board Certified,
47 years in practice
16M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors