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Tuesday, August 04, 2009 barb, Community Member, asks

Q: What causes a jaw to pop?

My son's jaw pops when he chews. He's 31 and thinks it began when he was hit in the jaw as a teenager. He says he doesn't feel pain, but I'm worried it'll get worse if it isn't treated. Could it be TMJ?

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nevaknevil, Community Member
8/ 5/09 3:28pm

It might be part of TMJ.  I had a similar situation after getting hit in the face with a basketball.  I recommend seeing a chiropractor.  Mine worked it all out with 2 adjustments.

Renee Culver, Editor
7/21/14 7:57am

Hi barb,


Jaw popping is one of the signs of TMJ. It's also possible that a hit to the jaw during your son's teenage years caused a slight misalignment or other jaw problem. If he's comfortable with it it's not a cause for concern, though if he starts experiencing other TMJ-related problems he should be seen by a doctor.


Here are some links you might find helpful from our site:


Diagnosing TMJ

Over-the-Counter Pain Meds

Different Types of Chiropractic Treatments


Good luck to you!


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By barb, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/10/14, First Published: 08/04/09