Is it normal for my jaw to pop?
Many people suffer from jaw popping, clicking, or locking. These symptoms are often an indication that your jaw joint is suffering from a condition called TMJ or TMD, temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Symptoms of TMD
TMD often occurs when patients have a nighttime clenching and grinding habit, known as bruxism. Though your symptoms may come and go, seeking treatment is essential to prevent joint degeneration that may lead to continued symptoms and arthritis.
Oral Appliance Therapy
We provide a non-invasive treatment for TMD at Oakwood Dental using oral appliance therapy. A customized nightguard can reduce, or in some cases eliminate, symptoms such as tension-type headaches and migraines and relieve the underlying condition by reducing inflammation. When your muscles relax, your jaw can rest in its ideal position. We see dramatic results using customized nightguards, and patients continually report drastic headache reduction both in frequency and severity. Many patients even see an elimination of headaches and migraines when wearing their specialized nightguard.
Failure to treat TMD in its earliest stages may mean that you need more invasive treatment in the future, including surgery. By acting now to address your symptoms, you may be able to avoid more painful and costly treatment in the future.
Join the ranks of our many patients who have found relief from bruxism and TMJ dysfunction by contacting our Castle Rock, Colorado, dental office and scheduling an evaluation with Dr. Brandt Jones DDS or Dr. Leah McQuigg DDS.