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Why Does Your Jaw Pop?

Do you ever notice a crackling or popping sensation in your jaw? Why does your jaw pop? A popping jaw is often related to the onset of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. A widespread jaw joint disorder, TMD can lead to serious complications without treatment. We can help restore the health and comfort of your jaw, often with a simple oral appliance.

Try Our Quiz on TMJ Disorder

  1. True or False: An injury can lead to TMD.
  2. True or False: Headaches can be indicators of TMJ issues.
  3. True or False: The issue is sometimes related to bruxism.
  4. True or False: We can often treat the problem with an oral appliance.

Answer Key

  1. True. TMJ disorder can develop as a result of an injury to the face or jaw. Other causes may include tooth loss or misalignment. These issues place strain on the jaw joints. Once the disorder develops, you may have trouble fully opening and closing your jaw.
  2. True. Patients may encounter frequent headaches, jaw pain, neck and shoulder aches, and a popping/clicking sensation in the jaw. If one or more of these warning signs sound familiar, then schedule an appointment to see if you require treatment for TMD.
  3. True. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can place pressure on the jaw joints, leading to TMD issues. In addition, untreated TMJ disorder may make the development of bruxism more likely. These two disorders are often closely linked.
  4. True. An oral appliance is similar in appearance and structure to a nightguard and is worn while the patient sleeps. The device then repositions the jaw to ease strain on the joints. Other treatment options may include orthodontics and dental restorations, such as crowns. If you have any questions about treating TMJ disorder, then contact our team today.
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