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My Jaw Pops/cracks When I Open/close My Mouth... (Page 1)

For the past 4 years or better every time I open or close my mouth my jaw cracks/pops..It even does it when I move my bottom jaw left or right..And some times its really really loud,my friends can hear it..And sometimes it gets so sore that I cant open it at all and if I do it hurts and makes really funny noises (almost like a pulling or streaching kinda sound..Its like right next to my ear). I have told my parents about it but they really didn't say much of anything...It was more less ok ur point is..

Has anyone else had this..Is it normal...What could be wrong...Any ideas...
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replied July 5th, 2004
I Know Where U Come From.....
Shrek I know exactly what you are going through I have been going through it for the better part of 5 years if not more. I have searched for any cures or what have you, but I have been told that there really isn't anything except for having your jaw broken and reset.. Whish, I am in no hurry to do.. :d if I hear of anything else I will let you know and I hope that you will let me know if you do. You could try a mouth pice to wear while you sleep, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep...Hope that I helped Idea
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replied July 5th, 2004
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It sounds like temporal mandibular joint(tmj) the joint just kind of wears out, a lot of people have this problem, I am no Dr. But this is what it sounds like to me, their is a lot of information on the internet about it.
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sandy
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replied May 19th, 2014
thanks for the help sandyallen haha
my brother Zero didn't know what was wrong with my jaw till now haha
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replied February 26th, 2008
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yes this does sound like tmd. I will move this post to the tmj forum so that you can get the help that you need. if you need anything or have questions, feel free to pm me at any time
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replied June 7th, 2011
Just wanted to say thanx as I have just read this story and have been getting the same problems popping and cracking sounds in my jaw its been going on for about two year now and the docs have never told me what it is after reading this I have looked up TMJ and found that I have all the symptoms of TMJ so I am going to go bk to my doctor now and see about it. Thank you
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replied July 8th, 2012
same problem is here, it stared almost one and half year back, i check few dental doctors but they said there is no proper solution for this. But i think hot steam, ice pack and physiotherapy can help you. It helps me a lot. From last 7 days there is pain in my both sides so i am trying to find a doctor which can help me. kate you have to show your doctor and i think you should see you mouth opened and closed in front of mirror and do not try to opened your mouth wide. thanks
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replied November 26th, 2012
Expierianced it yesterday. it costantly makes noise then it cracks then starts all over again!
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replied April 8th, 2009
I am a 22 year old female and I have had the same thing for 5 years. My jaw pops every time I open or close my mouth, or move it in any way. It happened suddenly, just one morning I woke up and there it was. I have never had any pain associated with it and it's only on my left side. I can feel something moving when it pops, like a tendon or something. It is really bad in the morning, and I've almost had enough of it. My mom has TMJ, but her jaw hurts when it pops and always has. I've never had a single twinge of pain from it. Is this TMJ or something else?
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replied July 24th, 2012
I know This post is really old, but: I'm not a Dr, but I've had server TMJ for about 14 years. I used to have pain when my jaw pops, but Now I don't. I was told that I suffered Nerve Damage from my follow up surgery(I had implants for about 8 months to help my Discs stay in place). I woke up during the removal which caused some problems. I would still have this Checked out by an oral Surgeon.
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replied April 10th, 2009
TXT, yes, that is definitely TMJ disorder. There is usually no pain associated with a clicking when it first starts. But if it persists -- and it will unless you do something about it -- then it can become painful. At that point, a fair amount of damage has probably been done. Do everything you can now to avoid going down that path. Search online for a dental splint, but definitely avoid the soft ones, which just make the nighttime clenching even worse.
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replied October 7th, 2009
omg!! i thought that i was like a weirdo or something but the exact same thing is happening to me. Its mainly on my right side of my jaw and its has only been going on for ab a few weeks now. Wow, i feel normal again by reading everyone's stories. Id have to look up this"TMJ". I hope it doesnt have anything to do with having braces before. You think? But thanks everyone for your stories and i hope we all find something to ease this discomfort xoxo
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replied August 12th, 2011
Popping sound on jaw after braces removed
I think it does have to do w/ braces because I've been experiencing the same thing since my braces were off. I didn't have this problem til I had braces
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replied September 9th, 2011
My jaw cracks because of braces..
My jaw cracks too since I had my braces off. I wonder why this happen?
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replied January 31st, 2013
I Have The Same Issue I Had Braces And Its So annoying And It Hurts. I Thought I Was The Only One With The Issue.
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replied February 1st, 2012
I've never had braces and i have the same thing:/ its bad!
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replied October 9th, 2009
Re: I Know Where U Come From.....
04piper wrote:
Shrek I know exactly what you are going through I have been going through it for the better part of 5 years if not more. I have searched for any cures or what have you, but I have been told that there really isn't anything except for having your jaw broken and reset.. Whish, I am in no hurry to do.. :d if I hear of anything else I will let you know and I hope that you will let me know if you do. You could try a mouth pice to wear while you sleep, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep...Hope that I helped Idea


Jaw broken and reset?? What? No actually you need to do jaw exercises and rest the jaw for a few months by eating soft foods, and if all else fails...time for costly treatment. As in splints (orthotics) and orthodontics to finish the job. After seeing 8 so called TMJ specialists ranging from dentists to chiropractors I found someone good. YOu will need to see a "neuromuscular" dentist. I am about to fork over $12,000 for full treatment. Lucky me. I can think of tons of things I can spend that on like trading in my car plus the $12,000 for a new Mustang...oh well...
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replied October 10th, 2009
I have experienced everything, well almost everything when it comes to TMJ. On Oct 22nd I will have the first of two surgeries to have bi-lateral total joint replacements. If I was to recommend anything or anyone it would be to go to a Myofacial Pain doctor and a TMJ specialist. Many individuals when they have TMJ problems think it is just the joint when in fact there are muscles and other things that are a part of the problem. Right now with medical costs being what they are we feel that we are limited in finding the right doctor. Over the last 8 years we have had to spend over $40k out of pocket (because insurance won't pay for it)to go through all of the procedures that we hoped would correct my problems. I had a wonderful and understanding doctor but the surgeries didn't fix my problem. I am hoping that these total joint replacements will do the trick.
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replied January 3rd, 2010
My Story About Lock jaw and popping/cracking
I also have a crack/pop sound when i open and close my mouth. Its been going on for a while now and my orthodontist said I might be grinding my teeth at night so i got a mouth guard from him (i was like O.o). I also have braces and I have had them for about 4 years now because they messed up the first 2 1/2 years of them. From about summer of 09 iv been having my jaw pop and when eating food such as steak (making my jaws constantly open and close too fast) I will experience my jaw locking in place where I cant move it up or down and if I try i feel as if the muscles ear my ear are being tore and it makes a sound like slowly ripping paper. chewing gum makes my become sore to where I don't want to talk in fear of it locking(i recommend not eating chewy foods and gum and hard food. I heard it might be called TMJ but i'm not sure. I also recommend using the mouth guard or somthing thats made for TMJ to sleep at night because it might make your jaw hurt less when popping or pop less throughout the day.
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replied January 3rd, 2010
Cant open my mouth wide D: (help pls)
Cant open my mouth wide D: (help pls)

This afternoon after I have a shower. I notice that I cant open my mouth wide. I can open it but a bit pain and I thought it just nothing so I just left it. but after 3 hours I cant open it anymore I mean Ican open it but not wide even I try to open it hard it hurts so I didnt try to make it wider.
What should I do?
soz if my grammar is bad
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replied January 6th, 2010
I would see your dentist as soon as possible and maby your doctor too.
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replied February 12th, 2010
Jaw
Help. Mine popped real bacd about 2 weeks ago and has just gotten worse. I can't open it wide, chew, and there is bad pain. It's def out of whack. I've tried Advil, nothing. Should I see reg DR or dentist? Michelle
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replied February 14th, 2010
Wow, had no idea it could be this serious. I am so glad I looked it up now in its early stage..mine started roughly 5-6 months ago (I'm going to assume a year to be safe).

But mine isn't too bad (atleast now) Whenever I am closing my mouth from a yawn It will crack/pop with NO pain.I can make it crack/pop anytime of the day, easy no problem..I'm assuming it is bad if I do it for fun? What Sould I do?

I am going to start exercising, drinking milk and eating excellent. I can't visit a dentist for another month or two.
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replied March 29th, 2010
OUCH my jaw is killing me
i have the same problem i just woke up with this problem and its really hurting my left ear and i was reading that if it starts hurting the ear then you should seek medical attention cause it will get worse, i looked all over online to see if there was anything else that i could do but there is nothing i guess i have no choice but to go to the doctors cause this is really painful..unless someone can answer and help me with an idea to subside from going to the ER
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replied April 12th, 2010
wow hellpp... dentist or doctor???
okay so this is crazy i sersouly thought i was the oonly one... my jaw has been doing this for about 3 1/2 years... it got to the point where it hurts soo bad and i can even sleep at night because of the pain.. the first year it was the right then a couple of months it switched to the left and the right agin now it both the right side is loud and the leftoyu can barly hear it but i can deff. feel it... do i go to a doctor or a dentist??? HELLPP..!!!
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replied April 14th, 2010
i think i have the same problem.. except i can open my mouth fine and its never bothered me before the past week or so but now at times i cant close the right side of my mouth all the way without the pain.. eating has become dificult
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replied April 14th, 2010
• Resting the jaw joint
• Utilizing conventional analgesic pain killers or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to alleviate the swelling and tight muscles
• Applying heated compresses to the areas
• Avoiding strain of the jaw
• Avoiding tough foods that require heavy chewing
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replied April 18th, 2010
arthroscopic jaw surgery
my jaw has been making cracking noises also i have been to the dentist once a week for the past month, i have done physio, massages and nothing is working. I have to go to see an oral surgeon about him going in my jaw with a camera and scraping the joint. has anyone had this done. I would like to know what it is like after that i have to work the next day. Any suggestions
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replied April 21st, 2010
TMJ?
So I''m reading all of these posts, and I''m still not sure if I have tmj.

When I open my mouth, it almost feels like my jaw is popping out of place. As if it''s double jointed or something. It''s only on the left side of my mouth and it''s noticeable to any one I show. I open my mouth and the left side pops out and when I close it, it''s fine.
Kind of feels like my mouth moves to the left when it happens.

Can anyone tell me weather it is or isn''t TMJ?
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replied October 25th, 2011
Jaw popping and cracking on the right side
I am 16 and have this... :/
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replied July 6th, 2012
tmj
i have had tmj for 2 years and have finally found a way to help it.i decided to go to the chiropractor and he adjusts my jaw 3 times a week. after the adjustment i can open my mouth a little farther.the popping does not go away but i have had less headaches and earaches and more mobility with my jaw. my chiropractor thinks with many adjustments he can cure my tmj. i recomend going to a chiropractor because its really helping me.
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replied May 25th, 2013
Im 17 and i have this...
My dentist said it was my wisdom teeth pushing my jaw forward. But my orthodontist said it was my jaw displacement, but they're all wrong.
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replied July 6th, 2012
you definately do!
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replied August 17th, 2012
EXACT same thing here. No one seems to know if it's TMJ or not. My dentist just told me that I shouldn't worry about it if it's not painful -___-" Lotta help he was.
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replied November 14th, 2012
Mine does the same thing. It only pops on the left side when I open it wide and just started in the last few weeks. It is probably the same thing here everyone is talking about. I have been going to a chiropractor for years for my back and other problems so I will ask if they can help this too seeing it's also a joint. Other than that I guess I will ask my doctor and dentist. Good luck with yours too!
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