Do you often notice clicks, cracks, or pops coming for your jaw when it moves? If so, it’s a complication from your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. The complication is more common in women than in men, and may be a sign of a bigger problem, known as temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMD.
The temporomandibular joint enables us to move our jaw up and down and side to side, giving us the opportunity to chew food, yawn, talk, and more. A disorder in the joint (TMD) occurs when there is dislocation or a displaced disc, typically resulting from the act of clenching, grinding, or some kind of jaw trauma. When the teeth slip out of alignment, pain can emerge in the joint or in the muscles attached to the TMJ. This pain can become severe, resulting in advanced TMD.
In the end, clicking or popping sounds don’t automatically indicate a problem, particularly if there isn’t any pain. However, it’s always a good idea to have a dentist check it out. Our office specializes in TMD treatment and can offer excellent solutions to TMJ problems.
If you have any questions about your jaw clicking or TMD or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.
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