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Q: Jaw recently popped and left jaw with soreness

Hi Hello there. Thanks in advance for taking the time to review my question. About a month ago, I yawned and the right side of my jaw popped kinda loud. I have never had any jaw popping or other dental problems in the past. I have an excellent dental history and a well aligned bite. Now, since that day that my jaw popped, my jaw has been feeling sore on the right side. I also can feel something in the joint move (it feels like the disc) if I put the pad of my finger in my right ear and move my jaw around. I can still fully open and close my jaw, and I don't have any sharp or severe pain. My bite still seems normal. I have no clue what caused this, but I have a hard time believing that I permanently injured my jaw just from yawning. Is this probably something temporary, or did I mess up that little disc that sits in between the jaw joint? I think that's the thing I feel moving in and out of place with my finger, I don't feel the same thing in my left ear. Thanks agian for your time!

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
2/20/09 4:47am

It probably was the disc in your jaw joint that popped out of place.  Hopefully it will go back into place on its own, but if you continue to have pain or soreness, you'll need to see your dentist and/or doctor. 

 

I attended a dentist's presentation on TMJ and he said that every time we chew, yawn, etc. we put a little more wear and tear on that joint, so it's not unusual to eventually begin to have problems.  (Made me regret all the gum I chewed in years past.) 

 

Try sticking to eating only soft foods for a week or so and try not to open your mouth too wide.  Since once this has happened, it's more likely to happen again, it would be a good idea from now on to avoid biting into very hard foods or eating things like a triple-decker burger where you have to open your mouth really wide. 

 

Here's a link to some more information on jaw popping from the Atlanta Dental Group:

http://www.atlantadentist.com/jaw_popping.html

 

Hope your jaw feels better soon.

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Doug Korody, Community Member
11/ 6/09 2:49pm

I have the same problem as well. For me this began about 3 months ago, by yawning as well, and It still hasn't gone away. I recently went to the dentist, got x-rays of my teeth, and I need to get all four of my wisdom teeth removed. I'm hoping this will fix my jaw popping. I'll post the results after the procedure.

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Doug Korody, Community Member
11/ 6/09 2:49pm

I have the same problem as well. For me this began about 3 months ago, by yawning as well, and It still hasn't gone away. I recently went to the dentist, got x-rays of my teeth, and I need to get all four of my wisdom teeth removed. I'm hoping this will fix my jaw popping. I'll post the results after the procedure.

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By PDCJR, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/21/13, First Published: 02/18/09