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Is this TMJ?

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Old 09-03-2009, 10:55 AM   #1
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Is this TMJ?

My brother always has a jaw clicking noise whenever he's eating. Always. Every time he chews. And you can see his jaw kind of popping. He says it doesn't hurt. But sometimes he has migraines. Just wondering if this could be TMJ or just random jaw clicking.

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Old 09-03-2009, 11:29 AM   #2
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Re: Is this TMJ?

If it happens all the time and is chronic then it is an issue of tmj joint dysfunction. Some people remain asymptomatic meaning that they lead normal pain free lives and only have infrequent related symptoms result such as an occassional migraine or jaw pain etc - so for those treatment is not always necessary. It should be treated however if the popping develops more into a grating noise which may indicate the joint has deteriorated to the point there is now bone on bone contact. He may want to at least see a tmj dentist as this type of condtion responds well during the early stages of dysfunction to proactive and preventative treatment such as wearing a night guard and may slow any further progression of joint wear and tear.

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