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Jaw popping on one side when I chew

By Anonymous April 14, 2015 - 9:08pm
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This just started in today at lunch time. It sounds like I am chewing on bones or gravel.
Is it a symptom of something more serious? I have arthritis and lung cancer. could it have anything to do with those existing problems?

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HI Anon

Thanks for your post! 

While this just started and it may be nothing at all, it could also mean that you have a problrm with your jaw. 

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a painful condition. It involves the joint that opens and closes the mouth. The temporomandibular joints are the small joints in front of each ear. They attach the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. The disorder may affect the jaw joint or the muscles surrounding it.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain in the temporomandibular joint, jaw, or face
  • Pain may be worse with chewing, yawning, or opening the mouth
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds with movement of the jaw
  • A sensation of the jaw catching or locking briefly, while attempting to open or close the mouth, or while chewing
  • Difficulty opening the mouth completely

reatment may include:

Lifestyle Measures

  • Rest the jaw with a soft diet
  • Restrict movement with smaller bites
  • Apply warm packs for pain relief
  • Cognitive behavior therapy may help some learn to avoid clenching and grinding their teeth


The most commonly used medicines include:

Anon, if the popping doesn't stop within a few days, see your doctor. I cannot say if your other health issues are affecting or causing this. 




April 15, 2015 - 4:35am
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