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Dental and Oral Health (Seniors)

Popping and cracking of my jaw

04/29/2008

Question:

With movement of my jaw, there is a popping and cracking sound that comes through my right ear. It feels like my jaw is breaking and sometimes feels as if it is going to lock. Any idea what this could be? It started when I had a cold but the cold symptoms are now gone.

Answer:

This is a clear indication of articular disc displacement. I will suggest to do a consult with a prosthodontist with TMJ (Temporo Mandibular Joint) experience. The popping and cracking may turn painful later.

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Response by:

Alfredo  Hernandez, DDS, MS Alfredo Hernandez, DDS, MS
Assistant Professor of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine
Case Western Reserve University