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  • Jaw and bite issue: I experience frequent jaw tension, clicking and popping. This seems to be happening more often these days due to headphone usage. I also notice my molars do not touch when I bite. When trying to force connection I feel a consistent click on the right side. What type of specialist should I see to get this checked out? Is a TMJ physical therapist the right direction or other? ... Visitor from Portland     (answer)

  • I noticed a few weeks ago that with certain mouth movements I could not open it very wide. Recently I was biting into a very hard piece of bread and now my jaw joints makes a grinding noise when I eat. I have never experienced this - what would this be? ... Visitor from Dillsburg     (answer)

  • Jaw Cracking: When I was 14 years old I began a habit of cracking my jaw alot. Then, 2 years later I noticed my right jaw seemed to move out of place making my face look crooked. But it wasn't too noticeable... only looking at it from a 45 degree angle in the mirror. And a year ago I think my left jaw seemed to come out of place too. Now I am 19 years old and I still crack my jaws. Sometimes I crack it loud and it moves around I just can't stop it. Now I am wondering if it can cause your cheekbone / zygomatic arch to expand or grow because I noticed that my face is alot wider than it was a few years back. Please help me. I never seen a doctor about it because it does not hurt or cause pain. ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • Arthoscopic Surgery on jaw: I am 79 yrs old in excellent health. I have TMJ and wear a mouth guard every night. Crackling on right side of jaw but not much pain. Will the side of my face collapse if I don't have surgery and leave things as they are? It doesn't bother me that much but my oral surgeon is sending me for 2nd opinion in NYC ... Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • Aargh... my jaw clicks and it is driving me insane! It only clicks on the right side, and when I yawn. Why is it doing this? Ccould it be anything to do with the fact that I had a brace a few years ago? It only started after I had the brace removed. Is it causing any damage or changing my face? ... Visitor from York, England United Kingdom     (answer)

  • For the past 2-3 weeks I have begun hearing a clicking sound below my ear. Before this I was having difficulties breathing and would have to yawn very wide to get air. My breathing problems have since stopped but the clicking is still appearing. My jaw feels as if it's dislocated and they don't fit together anymore. I used to have no room in my mouth at the back of the molars, now there is about 1/2"-3/4" gap between my last molar and the back of my mouth. I'm worried that it's going to cause major facial damage and teeth problems. I'm currently quitting using "snuff" and I can see that my teeth have been grinding together. Do you think If I get a night mouthgaurd it will help stop any further damage? The pain sometimes gets so bad that I can't sleep at night because my jaw wants to tense up. I would really prefer if I could fix it by myself at home and not have to go see a specialist. What should I do? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • My jaw clicks when I chew for a long period of time or when I chew on hard foods (potato chips, bread, etc). I get scared that it will lock open and I won't be able to fix it. I noticed it started to click after a dentist visit where I had a molar removed. What should I do? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • TMJ jaw clicking and locking: I have had bad TMJ on both sides for over 3 years. Both sides dislocate and lock about 6-10x a week but it is constantly dislocating. I have been to more then 6 oral surgeons, orthodontists and doctors. I have had several bite plates been put on special diets, tried exercises. I was told surgery is the next step but have heard that wiring your jaw shut for several weeks can heal it just by immobilizing it. I would prfer to take this step first but my doctor refuses and says surgery is the next step. People I know have had this work for them and I would prefer to try all methods before surgery. What should I do? ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • My 18 year old daughter had all of her wisdom teeth removed at one time back in January. About 2 weeks after the removal, she started having problems on the right side with her jaw clicking and popping and locking up on her. This constant problem also with alot of pain wakes her up in the middle of the night and also causes her to have difficulty in the morning opening or closing her mouth all the way without it popping or locking up on her. I took her to the dentist who took an xray and said that she had a bad case of TMJ, she had never had this problem before. He suggested that she see a TMJ specialist, but she is on medicaid and there is no one that takes the medicaid. I recently took her to see an orthodontist who said that she would need to see a specialist because she would require some kind of mouth splint he said to correct the problem, although i was told by her primary care doctor that putting the braces back on would take care of the problem. I don't know what to do to relieve her pain and discomfort, the orthodontist will not put the braces back on until she sees a specialist. ... Visitor from FL     (answer)

  • I have been having jaw pain and clicking sounds coming from my jaw joints. I went snorkling a few weeks ago and now it seems to be worse. I've always had jaw clicking and some occassional jaw pain and even soreness around my temple area (can sometimes even feel a tender bump there). I don't know what to do about this. My dentist just says give it some time ???? ... Visitor from CT     (answer)

  • Jaw clicking + underbite = TMJ? I was born with an underbite, and had that corrected when I was a little kid. I am now 26 years old and since I was a little kid my jaw although it was fixed, doesn't line up, clicks and goes crooked when I open it. I have now noticed in photographs over the past few years that my smile is very crooked as well. Every time I eat the first few bites, it causes a sharp pain to shoot through my jawline. Does this sound like TMJ? I would like to have my jaw broken and realigned but I don't know if that is possible ... Visitor from MA     (answer)

  • Loud Jaw Cracking: I am 17 years old and when I was about 14 I began having a small cracking jaw problem, but now my jaw cracks constantly. Anything I eat or chew causes both sides of my jaw to crack during every bite. Also when I flex my jaw I can force it to crack which irritates everyone around me. I have been to the cleaning dentist, othodontist and physical theropist but none of them know what to do. They say if it doesn't hurt then don't bother spending the money to fix it. But it is becoming worse and worse as time goes on and it is extremely annoying. I would like to know how I can stop it or at least prevent it from getting worse. ... Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • TMJ? My jaw starting hurting almost 2 weeks ago and has progressively gotten worse. When I bite down, my bite is off and I have a sharp pain in my ear. My jaws have always "clicked" my whole life. That is what led me to believe this problem may be associated with TMJ. Should I go to a doctor to fix this problem, and if so which kind or will this fix itself? ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • Jaw cracking - clicking: For about the last 4 years my jaw has clicked. It started off as an oddity and progressed to being commonplace. It used to get locked before, but it no longer does. It does click over a hundred times a week. I feel no pain but I do feel pressure and I feel like my jaw is tired and weak. I went to a dentist and he told me to put hot a hot compress on it, but that did nothing. I have impacted molars...could that be the cause? ... Visitor from NJ     (answer)

  • Clicking turning to pain: I am 21 and about 8 years ago my jaw started to click when opening very wide. After about a year it began to click when I chewed on something hard and progressed within 6 months to almost constantly when I chew or open my mouth about half way or more. I asked my dentist who told me it is normal, due to the fact that I have had a LONG dental history. He also said probably the only way to fix it is surgery to reset my jaw. Is there something I can do before surgury to try and avoid it? Is there some type of specialists I can go to? I can't really afford the surgery but the pain is becoming unbearable. ... Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • Clicking jaw: The right side of my jaw has been clicking for the last eight months. It started after I had dental work in June. My jaw would not open for a day or two, and it's been clicking on the right side ever since. It happens when I'm eating, yawning, laughing. I find it very frustrating and uncomfortable. My usual dentist told me to wear a mouth guard because it might be caused by grinding or clenching. Another dentist referred me to a TMJ specialist, but the cost isn't covered by my insurance. Would you recommend that I get a mouth-guard first and try that out before going to see a specialist? ... Visitor from Canada     (answer)

  • Click - locking - burning: For the past 4 months my jaw has been clicking and occasionally locking. About 5 days ago I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed. I am now feeling an almost stinging / burning sensation in my cheek just below the ear on my right side. Also I cannot open my jaw more than one inch wide. A few months ago I had my tonsils removed and my jaw didn't seem to be affected. What can I do to immediately relieve the burning in my cheek? I am more concerned with the discomfort more than than the locked jaw itself? ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

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