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Old 06-02-2002, 01:33 PM   #1
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Question Jaw Clicking

For the last few months my jaw has been clicking. It's not painful, just extremely annoying. It's only doing it on the right side. I wouldn't normally be worried but, it won't go away. It almost feels as if the jaw isn't connected correctly. Maybe I dislocated it? I asked the dentist and he totally dismissed it and said it was probably "stress related". I just don't see how this could be the case. I was getting the impression that he just didn't want to deal with it. Like he was lazy or something. Has anyone experienced this before?

 
Old 06-02-2002, 03:32 PM   #2
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Sounds like a little TMJ problem. You may be clenching or grinding your teeth and not even be aware that you are doing it. I do it while I sleep, usually when I am under stress. A night guard would help, if that is indeed the problem. A free solution is to be aware of yourself as to whether you truly are clenching your teeth, let's say. When you catch yourself, force yourself to relax your jaw. It really will help. You didn't mention having any discomfort, so that is good. Gum chewing will NOT help you, so give that up at least during any clicking episodes.
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My jaw clicks and pops alot too. I know have TMJ. I also catch myself grinding my teeth alot.

The last time I went to the chiropractor I asked him if he could help with this, because it was causing pain in my ears, also they were plugged too.

He gave my whole jaw area a really good rub down, and he checked the joint when I opened my mouth and the closed it. It really is off kilter. After the apt. my jaw was very tender, but it sure did help.

Do you have a good chiropractor or reg. doctor. Maybe if your not having any pain yet, then they could help realign it.

Good luck I now how awful the clicking is, I think mine started after extensive dental work 24 yrs ago. Diana

 
Old 06-03-2002, 06:29 AM   #4
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After I had white fillings put in(4 on left side rear molars, then 5 on the right side-6 months later), the right side of my jaw below my ear into the teeth gave me a pulling sensation along with something new " a little click" on the right side.

I had a lot of problems with the white fillings one tooth refilled twice in one year, shaving down and shaving down of tooth, created the little click. I can't understand it though because people usually get this after major dental work not nine little fillings.

I had an X-ray taken of my whole TMJ and nothing showed on the x-ray, but I know something is not right.
The clicking and pulling sensation is not normal. It's been like that for about 9 months unfortunately and I don't see it going away anytime soon.

I know what you mean about the dentists ignoring the problem, I have told them about it numerous times and they just ignore the "pulling sensation" and little click. I think it's a minor TMJ thing but annoying. The dentists I saw checked that my jaw was OK when I opened my jaw which it was. I tried the nightguard but it seemed to make things worse.

What disturbs me is I was told by the dentist that did the 9 very small fillings that it was a "very simple procedure". Little did I know I would have this permanent side effect.

I recently had a problem tooth refilled for the second time in the hopes that the click would go away along with the pulling sensation but things are the same.

Has anyone had anything done to make the click and muscle twitching/pulling go away permanently. I just try to keep my jaw as loose as possible(no grinding).

Good luck

 
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What worries me the most is that I have to get my wisdom teeth removed soon and I'm very scared that it will make the problem worse. This is so awful. The last thing I need is TMJ.

 
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Hi KC,

I was just wondering what triggered the click in your jaw -- did it just come out of the blue or was it from bad/major dental(like myself and others). Alot of times it comes from an accident or a fall or something.

I know I would be concerned too with the wisdom teeth. I hope you have a good dentist that will know how to procede with your symptoms.

I am being very cautious too, because I need to have a root canal down the road but my bite still seems "off" from these fillings so I will see what the best course of action is to get more dental done, or leave things alone.


 
Old 06-03-2002, 12:36 PM   #7
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The clicking just came out of the blue. It's the strangest thing. I have to wonder if my wisdom teeth had something to do with it. Because it's just a coincidence that the side where I have an impacted wisdom tooth that is pushing all my other teeth is on the same side. I have an appt at UCLA tomorrow to have a specialist look at it. I will let you know what they say.

 
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Good Luck.

Let us know what they do to test you. Because I wonder too if the dentists I saw did not do enough to test me properly. With computers nowadays they can tell alot about how the jaw moves.

 
Old 06-04-2002, 08:53 AM   #9
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Like everyone else I think it sounds like the condition TMJ. There is a board on here for that. I've had it about 2 years now and if you don't get something done for it early it will get worse. Mine is very painful. Like you it started out on one side. After about a year it was on both sides and my mouth locks up. Sometimes it's hard for me to eat anything because I can't get my mouth open. Most dentists won't treat this because they're not educated on it. I just now found a doctor for mine, about 55 miles away. It's worth the drive though. Good luck. Let us know how things go.

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