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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What could be done for constant jaw clicking in an 18-year-old female?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18 year old female, and I have been experiencing a lot of jaw clicking constantly throughout the day, for the past five months. It is only located on the right side of my face. It is not painful, but after consecutive months of constant jaw clicking, it has become a nuisance. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. According to your complaint, I guess you should monitor your electrolyte and mineral levels. If it is due to muscle twitching, the cause can be either neurological or due to low levels of calcium or other minerals. If there is a bone clicking in the jaw, which gives a cre...  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 »


Dr. Rakshana Devi

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 ...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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 icliniq.com. 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 »

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. B. 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 oppo...  Read Full »

I have crackling sound and soreness in my TMJ area. Will it go away by itself?

Query: Hello doctor, I had pain in my left ear and I went to an ENT specialist. He said that my ears are fine and there is no infection. He said that I have soreness in my TMJ joint as I have a tendency to sleep on my left side with my left arm tucked under the pillow. That puts pressure on my TMJ joint a...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It can be because of two reasons: Due to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problem. For that, you can do dry hot fomentation and eat soft foods preferably from the other side. It can be due to a nose block or a mild infection. Put decongestant nose drops like Otrivin (Xyl...  Read Full »

What can be done to permanently cure clicking of 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 »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

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 »

I have jaw pain with popping and locking. Is it a TMJ problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old female and for about nine months I have had severe jaw pain and it hurts when I chew and sometimes it pops and locks into place. My parents brought it up to my dentist about two months after it started but without looking at my jaw or even asking me about it they s...  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. Lock jaw, clicking sound are one of the classic symptoms of TMJ disorders. TMJ stands for temperomandibular joint which is the joint that moves the mandible up, down and sideways. If there is a lack of cushion...  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 icliniq.com. 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 it can be observed, but if you have pain in the areas just in fr...  Read Full »

How to correct jaw discomfort and bite alignment?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 18 years old. I have jaw discomfort and a misaligned bite. I have not removed my wisdom tooth, and I have a habit of popping the jaw. I usually put my palm over the jaw near my ear, and there will be a pop. I have a gum tissue behind my molar, and I am unable to close my left side o...  Read Full »


Dr. Geethanjali Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Check your temporomandibular joint X-ray first. It sounds like a TMJ problem called a lockjaw. Depending upon the degree of damage, you require treatment. The most common solution is wearing a splint every day to prevent a rough sliding of joints. Since you are 18 years...  Read Full »

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