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

Q. What causes a clicking sound while opening and closing my mouth?

Answered by
Dr. Divya Banu M
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 16, 2023 and last reviewed on: Jul 28, 2023

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.



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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 do not have any pain in the jaws or neck, I am ruling out MPDS (myofascial pain dysfunction syndrome), which involves soft tissue muscles related to unilateral clicking of TMJ as one of its features. Even an impacted or improperly erupted upper third molar may cause it (your age shows this must be the reason). Anyways a clinical examination is a must. As of now, do not open your mouth wide. And do not chew anything very hard on that side. Thank you.

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