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I yawned this morning and my jaw clicked and made a wretching sound. I currently wear a mouth guard because I grind at night. Is the noise a concern?
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
5 doctors agree
In brief: Probably not
You already wear an Orthotic which is a good first step.
Now, report your symptoms to your Dentist to be noted in your chart. If problem repeats Dentist will better be able to follow your progress. The next step is to try to determine why you grind your teeth (which does jaw joint damage). Ask your Dentist if an Orthodontic Consultation is in order.

In brief: Probably not
You already wear an Orthotic which is a good first step.
Now, report your symptoms to your Dentist to be noted in your chart. If problem repeats Dentist will better be able to follow your progress. The next step is to try to determine why you grind your teeth (which does jaw joint damage). Ask your Dentist if an Orthodontic Consultation is in order.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Could be
Opening wide can pop the lower jaw off the end of the cartilage meniscus that separates the top from the bottom and allows the joint to function.
If pain goes away refrain from opening widely.

In brief: Could be
Opening wide can pop the lower jaw off the end of the cartilage meniscus that separates the top from the bottom and allows the joint to function.
If pain goes away refrain from opening widely.
Dr. Charles Lockhart
Dr. Charles Lockhart
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Dr. James Courey
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Its OK.
Crepitus refers to joint noises, such as popping and cracking in the joints as tmj.
It can be quite disturbing & cause concern, particularly if it shows up suddenly. In most cases, these noises are not indicative of any underlying problem. Most joint crepitus, cracking and popping usually has a 'bark that is worse than its bite.' there is likely no concern. If any pain arises see a prosthodontist.

In brief: Its OK.
Crepitus refers to joint noises, such as popping and cracking in the joints as tmj.
It can be quite disturbing & cause concern, particularly if it shows up suddenly. In most cases, these noises are not indicative of any underlying problem. Most joint crepitus, cracking and popping usually has a 'bark that is worse than its bite.' there is likely no concern. If any pain arises see a prosthodontist.
Dr. James Courey
Dr. James Courey
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Dr. Brian Hoffman
While Dr. Courey is correct about crepitus, subluxation is a different story and a more advanced TMJ disorder that should be re-evaluated, with further treatment possibly being indicated. Know what you ate dealing with, get an actual diagnosis from a Dentist who treats TMJ Disorders. Best of luck to you!
Dr. James Courey
Thank you Dr. Hoffman...nice addition!
Dr. Matthew Hyde
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It is possible you may have some damage in your TMJ (temporomandibular joint which acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull) a consult with a dentist who treats TMJ or and oral surgeon is in order. Even if there is no pain i believe a baseline exam is a good idea with the history you have given.

In brief: Yes
It is possible you may have some damage in your TMJ (temporomandibular joint which acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull) a consult with a dentist who treats TMJ or and oral surgeon is in order. Even if there is no pain i believe a baseline exam is a good idea with the history you have given.
Dr. Matthew Hyde
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not if no pain
Clicking sounds in the jaws are common.
If you are not having pain, i would not be too worried!

In brief: Not if no pain
Clicking sounds in the jaws are common.
If you are not having pain, i would not be too worried!
Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Depends
Having popping/clicking TMJ noises not necessarily a problem. Many people experience these noises.
Without pain or limitation of function the noise itself is not an issue. If you have locking or limited movement, "ear" pain, headaches, morning jaw stiffness/soreness, difficulty chewing, bruxism, previous jaw injuries or other jaw conditions, the problem is more serious. Then see a TMJ specialist.

In brief: Depends
Having popping/clicking TMJ noises not necessarily a problem. Many people experience these noises.
Without pain or limitation of function the noise itself is not an issue. If you have locking or limited movement, "ear" pain, headaches, morning jaw stiffness/soreness, difficulty chewing, bruxism, previous jaw injuries or other jaw conditions, the problem is more serious. Then see a TMJ specialist.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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