About a week ago I yawned and heard and felt a loud pop and then crunching feeling on the left side of my jaw. It doesn't hurt at all times, but I often wake up in pain or feel a stabbing pain when I move it the wrong way. I am also having a hard time aligning my teeth or bitting down too hard. What does this sound like (fracture, dislocation)?
I have been doing cold compresses, but they don't seem to be helping. Suggestions? How long should I wait before I go to the doctor?
Based upon your description I believe you may have dislocated the TMJ disc. The earlier the condition is treated the better the prognosis. The longer you wait, the more difficult and protracted your pain may be.
You should seek out a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. In addition to the clinical examine and interview, they will most likely obtain radiographs in order to make a diagnosis.
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