Have you wondered what it means if your jaw pops, clicks, or moves slightly to the side when you open and close your mouth? While a popping jaw may be common, it is not normal for a jaw to do so. In some severe situations, it can cause discomfort and pain. A frequent popping or difficult movement typically stems from dysfunction within the joints of your jaw. These joints along with the muscles that surround them make movement of your jaw possible. How does a popping jaw affect your oral health and is there a way to relieve it?
The term TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint; the joints that connect both sides of your lower jaw to your temporal bones. The joints move with sliding ability and can move up and down, back and forth, and side to side. They are located in front of each ear can disperse the pressure of your bite throughout each joint. Distribution of your bite’s pressure requires your jaw to be properly aligned. Your bite and jaw can become misaligned due to a number of factors. When your jaw gets out of proper alignment, you may begin to hear popping and clicking as your muscles start to work overtime to bite, chew, and speak. Overworking the joint can lead to TMJ disorder, which can include extreme discomfort in your head, neck, face, shoulder, and back.
Treatment for Relief
If your jaw pops or hurts frequently, the first step for treatment will be a thorough examination to determine if you have TMJ disorder. If it is determined that you are suffering from TMJ disorder, you may need a custom-designed oral appliance to help your jaw rest properly and more comfortably while you sleep. The oral appliance can alleviate pressure on your jaw’s joints allowing them to heal and regain their proper function. This can help to eliminate symptoms like pain, discomfort, and popping joints.
Jaw popping can be a sign of TMJ disorder
Do not ignore frequent popping of your jaw. To schedule a consultation at Lake Country Orthodontics, you can call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846. We serve patients from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.