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Why do I have jaw pain and clicking?
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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
11 doctors agree
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Bernstein Joel
Dr. Bernstein Joel
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Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Probably TMJ.
"clicking" when opening or closing is caused by trauma or damage to the tmj, temporomandibular joint.
If you have pain in the morning you are probably clenching or grinding during sleep, which is common. Your dentist can make a custom fitted anti bruxism appliance, commonly known as a night guard. Also many chiropractors can do adjustments that relieve pain associated with the tmj.

In brief: Probably TMJ.
"clicking" when opening or closing is caused by trauma or damage to the tmj, temporomandibular joint.
If you have pain in the morning you are probably clenching or grinding during sleep, which is common. Your dentist can make a custom fitted anti bruxism appliance, commonly known as a night guard. Also many chiropractors can do adjustments that relieve pain associated with the tmj.
Dr. Maurice Lindly
Dr. Maurice Lindly
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Jaw Joint
Jaw Joint (TMJ) problem. Complex problem. 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. Very rarely requires TMJ surgery.

In brief: Jaw Joint
Jaw Joint (TMJ) problem. Complex problem. 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. Very rarely requires TMJ surgery.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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In brief: History & duration??
Clicking of the jaw signals a tmj/tmd condition, with articular disk being displaced forward.
The pain can come from the jaw joint/joints being out of alignment. You should see a dentist and/or a TMJ specialist before it gets worse and becomes unmanageable.

In brief: History & duration??
Clicking of the jaw signals a tmj/tmd condition, with articular disk being displaced forward.
The pain can come from the jaw joint/joints being out of alignment. You should see a dentist and/or a TMJ specialist before it gets worse and becomes unmanageable.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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