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Q. What causes popping sound while opening the jaw?

Answered by
Dr. Sandeep Menon
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 02, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jan 04, 2020

Hi doctor,

I got facial pain, headaches, popping sound while opening jaw, pressure and sometimes neck pain as well. I got patchy mucosal thickening of ethmoid sinuses from a CT scan. I have attached my dental x-ray. Are my symptoms due to sinuses? Or do I have TMD of right mandible? Most of my symptoms are on my right side of the face. I am having this issue since a year. Please help.

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Hi,

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  • Since the symptoms you have mentioned are strongly suggestive of temperomandibular joint disorder (TMD), you will need an advice from an oral surgeon and a neurologist.
  • Avoid chewing anything hard on the right side in the meantime.
  • A popping sound heard is the commonest symptom of a problem with the joint.
  • The orthopantomograph (OPG) you have sent is inconclusive. More diagnosis is needed. Do consult both the specialist as this condition tends to get more serious as age progresses.

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