FAQs: Why Does My Jaw Pop and Click?


Do you notice a popping or clicking in your jaw? Are you wondering: “Why does my jaw pop or click?” If so, then you may be one of the over ten million Americans who experience the symptoms of TMJ disorder. Also known as TMD or TMJ dysfunction, this widespread disorder can lead to uncomfortable symptoms and affect your bite. Fortunately, orthodontic treatment is available for patients who endure TMJ-related problems.

Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Therapy

Question: What causes TMJ dysfunction?

Answer: The TMJs are the temporomandibular joints, which connect your jaw and skull and allow the range of movement needed to eat and speak. When the jaws become strained, often as a result of injury, teeth grinding, osteoarthritis, and malocclusion, the patient may develop TMJ disorder. With this disorder, opening and closing the mouth can become very difficult.

Question: How do I know if I need treatment?

Answer: Patients who have TMD and require treatment may encounter a number of uncomfortable symptoms, such as jaw pain, popping or clicking in the jaw, headaches, earaches, and pain the neck and shoulders. If you recognize these symptoms, then contact our office to discuss possible treatment options.

Question: What happens if I ignore symptoms?

Answer: Without treatment, the severity of the symptoms can increase, leading to more discomfort. Opening and closing the mouth will also become more problematic.

Question: Will an oral splint end my TMJ symptoms?

Answer: The doctor may recommend an oral splint to address symptoms. Worn at night, this device repositions the jaw joints to ease tension and reduce symptoms. The appliance looks similar to a nightguard but is much more complex. If you have any questions about treatment options, talk to our friendly and knowledgeable staff today.


Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist, whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your treatment options contact your Ft. Worth orthodontist office, or call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.