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What your dentist Denver, CO, wants you to know about jaw locking or clicking
When you bite down or eat the foods you love, do you notice your jaw clicking or popping? Does your jaw lock in place? If so, you could be noticing the first signs of temporomandibular joint problems. Dr. Steven Wilk at Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO, wants to share his knowledge of how a jaw locking or clicking could be a sign of something more serious.
The temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ, has a unique sliding movement that helps to open and close your jaws. It can be displaced easily, resulting in friction as the joint moves. This friction may be the reason why you hear the clicking and locking noises. In severe cases, where the joint is actually dislocated, your jaw can actually lock in place.
All of the popping, clicking and locking results in inflammation, swelling, and pain. You may experience headaches, facial pain, earaches, and excessive tooth wear which can lead to additional dental issues. Chronic episodes of TMJ problems can result in temporomandibular disorder, known as TMD.
The best option for chronic TMJ issues or TMD is to seek out a specialist. Dr. Wilk offers several effective treatments for TMJ, TMD, and associated symptoms, including:
- Diagnostic and therapeutic splints
- Stretching of the jaw
- Crown and bridge treatment
- Oral devices that are used when you sleep which can adjust the jaw and relieve pressure
If your jaw pops, clicks, or locks, don’t ignore it! It could be an early warning sign of temporomandibular joint problems. Get some relief by calling Dr. Steven Wilk at Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO. Don’t wait for jaw locking or clicking to become painful, call today!
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that TMJ disorder affects up to 12 percent of the population. It’s a problem that’s annoying, distracting, and can lead to jaw pain. You can go to a dentist at Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO, to have your case of TMJ treated.
TMJ: What Is It?
TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint disorder. It is a condition with symptoms that include popping and clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth. Sometimes only you can hear these sounds, but in advanced cases it’s audible to others. TMJ can also be painful, which is why people seek treatment for this disorder. Here are a few other symptoms:
- Jaw locking (can’t open or close your mouth momentarily).
- Bite changes
- Ear-related problems
While there is no definitive cause of TMJ disorder, most dental experts believe it happens because of stress or trauma to the hinges that connect the jaw. This could be a direct hit to the jaw or whiplash (also called Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration) from an accident. Opening your mouth too wide, whether to scream or bite into a large object, could aggravate this condition. Bruxism, a tendency to clench the jaws together due to stress, can cause TMJ disorder. It is also related to arthritis (joint inflammation) in some patients.
The dental team at the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO, offers numerous remedies for TMJ disorder. The goal is to reduce jaw pain and then implement dental treatments that will stabilize the jaw to promote healing. The treatment is divided into two phases, which may include splinting, injections, physical therapy, orthodontic treatment, and crown placement. You’ll also be consulted about any other physical or psychological problems that may be causing TMJ problems.
Let a Dentist Fix Your Jaw Disorder
You don’t have to live with popping, clicking, and pain in your jaw forever. Seek treatment from a TMJ dentist at the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO. Call (303) 758-4865 today to schedule an exam with Dr. Steven Wilk.
Find out what’s really going on behind that rather disconcerting sound.
Do you find that your jaw sometimes clicks or pops when you open your mouth? Sometimes this might happen if you open your mouth too wide to tackle that ginormous burger or when voraciously chewing gum. If this is the case, it’s time to find out more about how your jaws works, why this is happening and when to visit our Denver, CO, TMJ dentist, Dr. Steven Wilk, for treatment.
In some cases, the popping or crackling sound you hear when you open or close your jaws could be warning you that you have a TMJ disorder. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and this joint is what connects your lower jaw to the bones at either side of the skull.
This joint is responsible for some pretty important activities like talking, chewing and even yawning. So, if there is something wrong with how the joint moves and functions, then you better believe that you’ll know it. It might come in the form of pain and discomfort, chronic headaches or you may start to notice a popping or clicking sound.
What causes a TMJ disorder?
If you’ve experienced direct trauma to the jaw then you may start to notice this problem not long after the injury. Of course, if you are a teeth grinder you may also be prone to developing this jaw joint problem. Other causes include certain kinds of arthritis and dental misalignments.
How is a TMJ disorder treated?
If you notice your jaw making any kind of noises when opening or closing your mouth, it’s always a good idea to have our Denver general dentist evaluate your jaws. If we determine that you do have a TMJ disorder, don’t worry. It can be managed and most people find that their symptoms will go away on their own with minimal intervention.
Some ways to manage your TMJ disorder include:
- Cutting food into bite-sized and easily chewable pieces
- Eating a soft-food diet
- Performing jaw stretching exercises every day (we would be happy to show you some effective exercises that you can do)
- Oral device to adjust the jaw while sleeping
If you are dealing with painful, achy jaws and can’t seem to find any comfort from these issues, then don’t hesitate to reach out to the TMJ experts at the Center for Headache, TMJ, and Sleep Disorders in Denver, CO.