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Jaw Clicking

Jaw clicking sound occurs due to jaw popping. It occurs due to extended opening of the jaw during yawning and problems in the functioning of the temporomandibular joint. The symptoms are tenderness in the jaw, difficulty opening mouth wide, difficulty eating, headache, toothache, and earache. The habits that can cause jaw popping are teeth grinding, nail-biting and clenching jaws. The other reasons are arthritis, injury to the jaw, and myofascial pain syndrome. Its treatment depends on the cause.

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Why am I unable to open my mouth more than two fingers wide?

Query: Hi doctor, Since yesterday, I am unable to open my mouth widely. I have a restricted opening. When I try to open my mouth widely, I have pain in the right side of the jaw. I consulted a doctor yesterday. He gave me an injection and suggested me to take some tablets. In the early morning, I tried to...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please mention whether you have a previous history of dental treatments like fillings, tooth removal, or root canal treatment. Please mention whether you have a habit of tobacco chewing and smoking. Please mention whether you have any associated tooth pain. Please m...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from severe headache. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from severe headaches either on the right back side of the head or the center back of the head. Pain starts on the right side of the lower back. It radiates to the leg and foot (joint pain), comes up to the arm and shoulder, then goes to the other side of the body, l...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. What is your occupation, and is there exposure to toxins or chemicals? How are your mood and sleep? Do you have laboratory tests for inflammation, such as ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and CRP (C-reactive protein)? How is your blood su...  Read Full »

I could feel on and off cracking and popping noise around my jaw and wrist. Is this bad?

Query: Hello doctor, My jaw pops and cracks and it has been happening for like two years. It used to be worse but it comes and goes. Also, when I move my wrists, there is a cracking or popping noise. Sometimes, my wrist locks and I have to roll it to fix it. Is this bad? I am a female.   Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Fingers popping is common and not considered to be a cause for worry. It, however, must be remembered that you should avoid popping them. Jaw cracking is another condition that as long it is not painful can be observed, but if you have pain in the areas just in front...  Read Full »

I have a dislocated TMJ. Is it incurable?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from jaw pain and stiffness for a while now which can sometimes result in a headache and pain in the ears. I also can hear my jaws pop when I open my mouth wide. I visited a dentist regarding this issue and after an X-ray, it was concluded that I have a dislocated T...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is always a cause associated with it, that can be one of the following: Habitual one-sided chewing. Missing posterior teeth from one side. Decayed teeth on one. Malocclusion. In case you have one of the above-mentioned conditions associated or night clinc...  Read Full »

Why do I have a high-pitched sound when I move the jaw up and down?

Query: Hi doctor, I have high-pitched sound while moving my jaw up and down on eating, yawning, turning my head sideways to the affected side, and grinding my teeth. I have fullness in my ears while the jaw is motionless. I have these symptoms for more than six months. I consulted a doctor and thought tha...  Read Full »

Dr. Abhinav Raj Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, your symptoms of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) clicking will disappear soon by following proper treatment. So do not be worried. You have consulted a stomatologist and he advised you to have a nightguard. I suggest you go for an acrylic repositioning splint. If the...  Read Full »

There are clicking sounds whenever I open and close my mouth wide. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I am experiencing clicking sounds whenever I open my mouth wide and close it. It is not painful, but I am curious because I have been experiencing this for the past week. I am a male, my height is 5 feet 10 inches, and my weight is 187 pounds. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The clicking sound is due to some TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problem (could be either hard or soft tissue related). The cause can be ruled out only after clinical examination and checking X-rays. Kindly visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for the same. Since you d...  Read Full »

Why do I feel a pull in my jaw area every time I yawn?

Query: Hi doctor, Whenever I yawn sometimes it feels like I pulled something, and on my bottom jaw I push on it and something goes up.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your upper and lower jaw are connected with a joint called temperomandibular joint. Similarly we have elbow joint and knee joint. The lower jaw is movable only because of this joint. So whenever you yawn, sounds like that joint is rubbing high and that is why you feel ...  Read Full »

I have a popping and locking feeling in my left jaw. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I usually get a popping and locking sensation in my left jaw which happens while eating and getting up in the morning. I also have a partially erupted wisdom tooth in that part. I read about TMJ on the internet and I am getting anxiety because of it. I am very afraid. Recently, the jaw...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There is nothing to be afraid of. You seem to have recurrent disc displacement. The main cause can be the one you mentioned, your half-erupted tooth. I suggest you get it removed and make sure you eat from both the sides. The joint gets stressed if you eat from only one...  Read Full »

I have a TMJ clicking problem which increases with stress. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a TMJ problem of clicking and popping sounds with pain sometimes, and it elevates when I am in stress. Kindly advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I will surely help you and will give you detailed instructions.  Read Full »

On chewing, my upper and lower teeth touches only on my left side. What is the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some problems with my jaw muscles due to clenching or grinding at night. It causes a variety of symptoms such as headaches. When I chew, I feel like my upper and lower teeth touch only in my left side and I seem to have overdevelopment of masseter muscle on the same side. I have c...  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern and I will try my best to provide you a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. There are several reasons for your problem and there are several types of treatment depending upon your cause. If it occurs due to malocclusion or misaligned teeth, th...  Read Full »

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