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Jaw clicking refers to a clicking sound from the jaw, which can be accompanied by sensations of pain. Sometimes jaw clicking can arise from overextending the jaw, such as opening the mouth too wide when yawning or eating. It is also a common symptom of TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Causes include trauma, stress, and clenching your teeth. Treatments include lifestyle changes, home remedies, and nonsurgical or surgical approaches.

Sore jaw


Anyone of any age or gender can experience jaw clicking, which may be linked to the following: grinding of the teeth, chewing gum regularly or excessively, nail-biting, clenching of the jaw, or biting the inside of the cheek or lip. A dentist can help in a couple of ways:

  • Dental diagnosis: The dentist may refer you for an orthopantomogram X-ray, which goes around your head to examine your jaw joints and teeth. This can help them to identify jaw injuries or teeth malocclusions and determine suitable treatment options.

  • TMJ surgery: Your dentist will provide advice, and depending on the severity of your situation and accompanying pain, they may recommend TMJ surgery as a last resort.

  • If the dentist believes that the issue is outside of their field, they may refer you to a GP doctor or other specialist who can recommend alternative treatments.


If lifestyle changes alone don't ease jaw clicking and pain, your healthcare provider may recommend:

  • Applying ice packs to reduce swelling in your jaw point.

  • Applying heat to soothe your jaw.

  • Wearing a mouth guard to protect your teeth from grinding and clenching.

  • Avoid hard and crunchy foods.

  • Practice stress management.

  • Keep good posture.

  • Consider facial stretches or massage.

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