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jaw popping

By Anonymous April 30, 2012 - 4:59am
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my jaw keeps popping but its not painful just very uncomfortable
when i chew and when i first wake up in the morning... can you please let me know what causes this, could it be because of my smoking this just started popping about a week ago. can you please let e-mail me and let me know my e-mail address is [removed my EmpowHER moderator as per TOS]

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Hi Vera,

I removed your email for privacy purposes as per our Terms of Service. 

If your jaw constantly pops, you may have TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. You can read all about it here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/tmj-disorder/definition

The exact cause of TMD syndrome is often unclear. Possible causes include:

  • Excess tension in the jaw muscles
  • Faulty alignment between the upper and lower teeth and jaws
  • Disturbed movement of the jaw joint
  • Displacement or abnormal position of the jaw joint or cartilage disc inside the jaw joint
  • Arthritis or similar inflammatory process in the joint
  • Excess or limited motion of the joint
  • Injury of the jaw or face

Please let me know if that helps-- you may also want to visit your doctor id the popping is constant.

Best Wishes,


April 30, 2012 - 8:26am
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