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Why does my jaw keep cracking?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Patrick Melder
Dr. Patrick Melder
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2 comments
Dr. Kenneth Zipkin
popping or cracking usually is the result of a mismatch of movement of the lower jaw and it's protective capsule( stops bone on bone touching). This can happen because the muscles that move both are not coordinating well. See a DDS who treats TMJ
Dr. David Satloff
Cracking noises correlate with degenerative change in the joint due to arthritic change which happens when the TM joint is in a loaded posture.
Dr. Duane Keller
Dentistry
In brief: Possible dislocation
A joint that click or cracks may be dislocated or have some other problem within the joint.
If you can open and it clicks and then bite on your front teeth and open without clicking, you can recapture this dislocation. Whatever, you will need to check with your dentist for help or a referral to someone that can help you get this under management.

In brief: Possible dislocation
A joint that click or cracks may be dislocated or have some other problem within the joint.
If you can open and it clicks and then bite on your front teeth and open without clicking, you can recapture this dislocation. Whatever, you will need to check with your dentist for help or a referral to someone that can help you get this under management.
Dr. Duane Keller
Dr. Duane Keller
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