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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I have been experiencing popping of the jaw when I open my mouth and sore gums since I had a car accident eight years ago. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor,I suffered a car accident that occurred eight days ago. I was rear-ended on the freeway, and the impact caused my head to hit the steering wheel. Although I do not recall the exact details of the event, I have noticed a bruise and soreness on my head, indicating that it likely occurred.... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understood your concern. Based on your description, I would like to inform you that the popping sensation in your jaw is likely an indication of an injury to your jaw joint during the accident, which may have resulted in dislocation or damage to t... Read Full »
How to get rid of TMJ disorder?
Query: Hi doctor,I have a TMJ disorder. I am wondering about my frequent inflammation caused in the left side of TMJ. It gets pushed inside my ears. I can feel or hear the cracking wet noise when I push my jaw forward or a painful pushing feeling is felt inside my ears when I clench my teeth. I started to ... Read Full »
Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. For TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, you can follow this advice. Have hot compresses for five to ten minutes every three hours daily. Take tablet Mobizox (Chlorzoxazone with Diclofenac and Paracetamol) one tablet twice a day for a week. Try to chew on the opposi... Read Full »
My jaw is stuck and I am unable to close my mouth. What should I do?
Query: Hello doctor,My upper jaw is stuck and I am unable to close my mouth. Do you have any advice? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and understand your concern. It is known as a lock jaw. It can occur if you suddenly open your mouth too much while yawning, singing or in case of a trauma. You need to visit a dentist for the proper management. It is not advisabl... Read Full »
I have a clicking sound coming from the roof of my mouth, along with pain and trapped air escaping out of my mouth.
Query: Hi doctor, I have been having a bad health issue since two years ago. I consulted many doctors, but nothing worked. I was going through a stressful period, and whenever I was stressed out or panicking, I would force air up from the roof of my mouth. I did this several times daily and continued for... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query, You have a history of forcing air through the roof or palate region for a few years. You may be having palatal myoclonus. It completely fits the kind of symptoms as you have. But it may be other syndromes as well that may be neurologically rel... Read Full »
I an unable to chew due to pain in my TMJ, and now my face looks asymmetrical. What should I do?
Query: Hi doctor,I am having pain in my right TMJ. It has been there for many years but is getting worse. I am not able to chew anything. The right side of my face looks fuller than the left, and my face looks asymmetrical. My TMJ used to get stuck or make clicking sounds till last year. But now it does no... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is due to a disorder in TMJ (temporomandibular joint), and one side is hypertrophied due to a chewing issue. This problem can be due to problems in teeth, high contacts, lack of teeth, trauma to the joint, and retro discitis. You are advised to visit a nearby dent... Read Full »
How can I cure the clicking sound in my TMJ?
Query: Hello doctor, I have problems with my TMJ. When I wake up in the morning, I feel an annoying clicking in my TMJ. I do some exercise by opening and closing my jaw (while giving support to my chin with the thumb). It reduces that clicking to some extent but I want some permanent treatment. I do not f... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through your question. I can understand your concern about your TMJ. There may be some cause associated with it, that means for a permanent solution you have to single out the cause and eliminate it. Some major causes are as follows: 1. Missing teeth, grossl... 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 85 kilograms. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com 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 »
I have a clicking sound while moving my jaw back and forth. What can I do to stop it?
Query: Hi doctor, When I keep moving my jaw back and forth, a clicking sound occurs. I am 15 years old and not sure if it is normal. I fear that I have a TMJ problem, and I cannot visit a dentist at this moment. I am really stressed, and I need help. It is very addicting, and I cannot stop. What can I do ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Good evening. I hope you are well. Thank you for approaching icliniq. I saw your query. I will help you to solve the issue. A clicking sound can be due to temporomandibular disorders. Temporomandibular disorders can be due to the way of chewing and frequently moving... Read Full »
Why do I have pain in my masseter, clicking sounds and restricted mouth opening?
Query: Hello doctor, I have pain in my left masseter muscle, a clicking and popping sound in my left TMJ, and restricted mouth opening on the left side. Kindly advise. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Masetter muscle hypertrophy is a major cause of TMJ (temperomandibular joint) pain . Usually, we always recommend nonsurgical ways to treat this condition rather than an intraoral surgical approach. I suggest you use the tablet Hifenac MR ... Read Full »
I have pain and swelling on the back of my head, and I hear a clicking sound while opening my mouth. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, I am having pain and swelling on the back of my head on the left side. Also, when I open my mouth, I hear a clicking sound, and I have pain. The pain increases when I turn my head to the left side. I have used the tablet Zerodol P; however, the pain recurs when I stop using the tablet... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You seem to have cervical spondylosis. Do you work for long hours before the computer or do any other physical work? I suggest you get an X-ray cervical spine (anteroposterior or lateral view) or CT (computed tomography) of the neck. Also,... Read Full »