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Hello, I developed a clicking of a joint near my ear every time I swallow. It is not the same exact second I swallow but about 1 or 2 seconds after so it cannot be the eustachian tube. I feel it around the ear area. I don't think its TMJ because I do not feel any pain just the annoying click sound. Is there anything you recommend hot compress, cold/ice compress, massages, vitamins,drinks? Thanks for your help.

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What makes you think it is not TMJ?  Just because there is no pain does not exclude the possibility of it being TMJ.

The symptom that you describe with the clicking of your joint near your ear, is classic TMJ.

I am going to recommend that you see a dentist who primarily treats TMJ.  I want you to see somebody who treats TMJ, every single day he goes to his office.  You may have to do a little bit of calling around, networking, asking friends or family who they have seen that is good and primarily treats TMJ.  You can try looking for "oral and maxillofacial surgeons".

It has been my experience that 100% of all dentists know a little bit about TMJ, and enough to take a crack at it and try and treat you.  But that is not good enough.   And not to belabor the point....do your homework and find the right person.

Also take a look at some of the previous answers I have written to questions here at all experts.com.  This whole find the right dentist thing is a pet peeve of mine and there definitely is additional advise I have provided on prior questions.

Until, you get to your first dentist appointment, try not to eat anything too crunchy.  Do not chew gum.  If possible, try and talk less.

I wish you success in finding a solution to your popping and clicking issues.

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Jonathan
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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.

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About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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College Graduate with Bachelor of Arts Degree

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