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Q. What can I do to stop the clicking sound when I move my jaw?

Answered by
Dr. Rakshana Devi
and medically reviewed by Dr. Preetha J
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 31, 2021 and last reviewed on: Nov 02, 2021

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 to stop it? When I chew, my jaw clicks, and it is annoying, and I am getting a slight pain. What should I do? My jaw did get locked once.

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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 the jaws. So, I advise you to take certain anti-inflammatory drugs. I will suggest the drug name after knowing your medical history.

  • Temporary relief with ice pack application on that region extra orally.
  • There are temporomandibular exercises.
  • Certain other night guards can be used.

I need an orthopantomogram for the construction of the night guards. For mild pain, there is no need to take painkillers.

Thank you. Have a nice day.


The Probable causes:

Improper chewing.
Clenching teeth.

Investigations to be done:

Orthopantamogram.
Attrition of teeth.

Differential diagnosis:

Wisdom teeth eruption.

Probable diagnosis:

Temporomandibular disorders.

Treatment plan:

Medications.
Nightguards.
Exercises.
Soft diet.
Stopping the habit of moving the jaw.

Preventive measures:

Proper chewing.
Distracting to stop moving jaw frequently.

Regarding follow up:

Follow-up with a medical history and orthopantamogram.


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