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.