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What can I do if my jaw cracks when I open it?

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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Jaw cracking

Popping or clicking of the jaw upon opening usually indicates a partially displaced disc in the jaw joint.
If it makes more of a cracking or grinding noise, that may mean the development of arthritis which can occur when the disc is displaced for a longer period of time. Manage it conservatively at first with a soft diet, moist heat and nsaid's. If this doesn't work, see a TMJ specialist.

In brief: Jaw cracking

Popping or clicking of the jaw upon opening usually indicates a partially displaced disc in the jaw joint.
If it makes more of a cracking or grinding noise, that may mean the development of arthritis which can occur when the disc is displaced for a longer period of time. Manage it conservatively at first with a soft diet, moist heat and nsaid's. If this doesn't work, see a TMJ specialist.
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