Does your jaw pop or click? Do you have difficulty when moving your mouth?Â If the answer is yes to either of these questions then you may have a type of jaw pain called Temporomandibular Disorder (TMJ).Â TMJ can result in pain in the face, neck, jaw and shoulder area when eating, talking or opening the mouth. Chewing can be difficult and there can be swelling on one side of the face.
There are several ways that jaw pain, clicking, popping and TMJ can occur including:
- Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) â€“ when a person grinds their teeth while sleeping, or clenchesÂ Â the jaw tightly, the jaw muscles can be pulled. This can lead to the clicking and popping sound and can lead to TMJ.
- Gum Chewing – constantly chewing gum or chewing tough foods such as hard taffy can also stretch the jaw muscles resulting in clicking jaws when eating or talking.
- Stress – when a person is stressed they often times tighten their jaw and facial muscles
which can result in tightened jaws and stressed muscles.
Treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis being made by your experienced Gentle Dental dentist. Treatment can be as simple as a bite appliance or as serious as restorative or orthodontic treatments. But definitely don’t wait.Â If you have any type of jaw pain, including popping or clicking noises make an appointment with your local Gentle Dental office by calling 1-888-513-7436.