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What causes cracking sound at the mouth corner upon opening it wide?

I’ve been having trouble opening my mouth for a couple months now. It’s as if my jaw Is locked on one side. Whenever I try to open my mouth wide it hurts on the lock side and I get a cracking/scraping noise. At first I though it was my wisdom teeth crowding my mouth and making my jaw messed up but I’m not too sure anymore.
Wed, 16 Oct 2019
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Hi..
Thanks for the query..

As per your complain it seems that pain on the side of face, locking of jaw and crackling sound can be due to the disturbances in the functioning of jaw joint known as Temporomandibular joint leading to TMJ/TMD..

I would suggest you to consult an Oral Physician and get a thorough evaluation and a full mouth x-ray known as Orthopantomogram done..

As of now you can take anti-inflammatory painkiller Ibuprofen, muscle relaxant like Chlorzoxasone and do warm compresses over the jaw.
Take a soft diet and avoid excessive mouth opening..

The physician can evaluate you clinically and along with painkillers and muscle relaxants he can also advise you mouth guards and physiotherapy..

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Honey Arora, Dentist
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