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!