Does A Popping Jaw Mean TMJ Disorder?

Does your jaw pop and click? These annoying symptoms could be a warning sign of a serious oral health issue, one impacting millions in the United States. In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about TMJ disorder and the warning signs you should be aware of. We’re also going to look at the treatment options we offer our Woodland Hills, CA, patients.

What Causes TMJ Disorder?

Our temporomandibular joints connect our jaw to the skull. We need these joints to move our jaw, enabling us to eat and speak. Excessive pressure on these joints means difficulty opening and closing the mouth. The disorder also means a number of uncomfortable symptoms. Causes of the strain could include tooth loss, misalignment, bite imbalance, injury to the face or jaw, stress, or teeth grinding (bruxism).

Should I See the Dentist If My Jaw Pops?

Symptoms vary, but many patients report a popping or clicking sensation in the jaw. Other warning signs may include persistent headaches, jaw pain, aches in the neck or shoulders, or toothaches and tooth sensitivity (for those that grind their teeth). If you think you’ve experienced one or more of these potential warning signs, then contact our team today for a diagnosis. In order to diagnose your TMD, we will take digital x-rays and a CT scan, which allows us a detailed view of your jaw and oral structures, offering a precise diagnosis.

How Do You Treat TMD?

Typically, we address the issue with conservative treatment options, such as orthodontics or by placing a custom-made dental restoration. If we prescribe orthodontics, we recommend clear braces using the Invisalign® system. In many cases, an oral appliance is created and worn as you sleep. The device repositions the jaw to ease pressure on the joints.

Talk To Woodland Hills Dental Arts About Addressing TMD

We have comfortable and noninvasive solutions to TMJ disorder to help improve oral health. Schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA, today at (818) 347-5124. We also proudly work with patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all other surrounding areas.