What Does it Mean When My Jaw Clicks or Pops?


Jaw clicking or popping within itself may not be a sign of a problem. However, it it is accompanied by other signs such as jaw pain, tenderness, aching around your ears, or locking of the jaw, it may could be a sign of a TMJ disorder. If you experience any of these signs you should visit your dentist so they can determine if you have TMJ disorder though an exam, and determine the best course of treatment.

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Non-TMJ Related Causes

  • Jaw Injury, such as a strong blow on the jaw can sometimes result in jaw clicking or popping.
  • Malocclusion, which is a misalignment on the teeth, can also cause clicking or popping of the jaw. Most of the time, this can be corrected by a dentists.
  • Poorly Fitting Dentures can result in a malocclusion and cause jaw clicking or popping.
  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can cause stress on the jaw and surrounding muscles, which can result in jaw problems and jaw clicking or popping.

When to See Your Dentist

These are just some of the most common causes of jaw clicking or popping, however, there are various causes and they can all potentially contribute to more serious problems if left untreated. If you experience clicking of the jaw, especially if accompanied by other symptoms, such as pain or tenderness, please consult with your dentist.

At Royal Dental we care about your oral health and overall well-being. If you are having issues with jaw clicking and popping or pain, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to evaluate your situation and provide you with information and treatment options when indicated.

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