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My left TMJ has changed from hurting badly and limited opening to not hurting very much. It is opening much better but has small clicks all the time. What does it mean?

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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
3 doctors agree

In brief: Displaced disk

Clicking usually means a displaced disc.

In brief: Displaced disk

Clicking usually means a displaced disc.
Dr. Louis Gallia
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In brief: Small clicksNo worry

Clicks with no pain is consisdered ok.
..The TMJ is usually caused by too- tight muscular tension on one side or the other..The click can result but may go away. You may need an occlusal guard for night. See your dentist!

In brief: Small clicksNo worry

Clicks with no pain is consisdered ok.
..The TMJ is usually caused by too- tight muscular tension on one side or the other..The click can result but may go away. You may need an occlusal guard for night. See your dentist!
Dr. Stephen Calendine
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Dr. Franklin Allen
Dentistry
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In brief: You are doing ok.

You probably injured it with stress, unusual movements, or a bar fight.
Stay with some ibuprophen or naproxen, eat softer foods, and warm compresses. If it you stop seeing improvement you may want to visit a dentist who can treat jaw problems. Generally, clicking without pain isn't really a problem. If there's pain get it looked at. The clicking is a disc, moving out of a "socket" eminence.

In brief: You are doing ok.

You probably injured it with stress, unusual movements, or a bar fight.
Stay with some ibuprophen or naproxen, eat softer foods, and warm compresses. If it you stop seeing improvement you may want to visit a dentist who can treat jaw problems. Generally, clicking without pain isn't really a problem. If there's pain get it looked at. The clicking is a disc, moving out of a "socket" eminence.
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Dr. Donald Cohen
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: TMJ clicks are okay

You probably had a joint disk that was displaced in a forward position limiting your opening a causing the pain.
Now it sounds like the small clicks in the TMJ are a sign of an anterior (front) dislocated disc that returns to the normal position with opening and returns to a forward position with closing. You should see and oral surgeon or a TMJ specialist.

In brief: TMJ clicks are okay

You probably had a joint disk that was displaced in a forward position limiting your opening a causing the pain.
Now it sounds like the small clicks in the TMJ are a sign of an anterior (front) dislocated disc that returns to the normal position with opening and returns to a forward position with closing. You should see and oral surgeon or a TMJ specialist.
Dr. Donald Cohen
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