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Cracking in jaws, while yawning - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Practicing since : 2004
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User :   When you crack your jaw can you crack out of place or does it just crack and go right back into place?
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :  
Doctor :   Dpo you mean fracture or dislocation of the mandible?
User :   I mean just cracking when you eat
Doctor :   Do*
Doctor :   thats not a problem , it will stay in place
User :   I guess I mean can you dislocate your jaw when it cracks
Doctor :   No, dislocation needs lot of force or forceful wide opening
User :   What do you mean by forceful wide opening?
Doctor :   like yawnig in some people where the TM joint is weak
User :   Oh ok well say you do dislocate it does it eventually go back on its own
Doctor :   yes ,but in incomplete dislocation . Where as in complete dislocation reduction by surgeon is necessary
User :   how do you know if you have complete dislocation?
User :   Sorry about all the questions
Doctor :   its ok , examination of the joints will enable us to know whether its a complete or incomplete one
User :   so one more question, if a jaw is dislocated then you might still be able to open and close the mouth even though the jaw is dislocated
Doctor :   no, you cannot move the jaw if dislocated
User :   ok so since I can open and close my mouth then it is not dislocated or even fractured?
Doctor :   yes, you cat move when fracture or dislocated
User :   Ok that is all I needed to know, my jaw just cracked on my left side really bad and it hurts now but I can still open and close my mouth
Doctor :   then its not a fracture or dislocation
Doctor :   in both cases the pain will be more and you cant move the jaw
User :   ok thanks so much for your help
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
User :   bye
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