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Jaw crunching/clicking
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Jaw crunching/clicking

Hello,
yesturday i was sitting down, leaning on my jaw, and suddenly this crunching/clicking noise happened on the right side of my jaw. im not in lots of pain but i can constantly feel it. i cant open my mouth fully without feeling pain or discomfort. ive tried stretching my jaw, but this hasnt helped. could you possibly give me an idea of what it could be?
should i go and see a doctor or will it eventually go away?

Thanks.
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As soon as possible you should see a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon.  You may have dislocated the jaw and/or the TMJ disc.  Muscle spasms usually follows dislocations so the sooner you are seen, the least amount of injury will occur.

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.
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