Do you often experience a popping or clicking sensation in your jaw? If so, you could be encountering one of the more common symptoms of TMJ disorder, also known as TMD. Over 12 million people are estimated to suffer from this disorder, which can lead to problems fully opening and closing the mouth. How will you treat TMD?
Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Symptoms
Question: Why does my jaw pop and click?
Answer: TMJ disorder can lead to popping sensations in the jaw, as well as headaches, pain in the face or jaw, or aches in the neck or shoulders. If you think one or more of the above symptoms sound familiar, then please contact our office. We can perform a thorough diagnosis to see if you need treatment.
Question: What causes TMD?
Answer: The disorder can develop when the jaw undergoes excessive stress or strain. Causes can include tooth loss, misalignment, injury to the face or jaw, or stress. Uncovering the cause of your TMD is essential to choosing the right treatment option.
Question: Is this related to bruxism?
Answer: Often, bruxism (teeth grinding/jaw clenching) can strain the joints and lead to TMD. In addition, TMJ disorder can make bruxism more likely to develop. Since you’re most likely to grind your teeth at night, you need to be aware of the common symptoms people encounter during waking hours. Warning signs may include toothaches, tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, and persistent headaches.
Question: How do you treat the disorder?
Answer: We will prescribe an oral appliance. Similar in appearance to a nightguard, the device is worn at night and repositions the jaw, easing strain on the joints. The same device can also place a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, preventing further damage from bruxism episodes.
Do You Have Questions About Popping or Clicking in the Jaw?
If you have a popping or clicking sensation in your jaw, we can address the problem with a TMJ appliance. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.