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Why Is My Jaw Cracking?

Your jaw cracking is a disc coming out of place on both sides of your jaw. The disc acts as a cushion between your jaw bone and your skull. When you open your mouth to yawn, laugh, eat or speak, the disc is in place when it’s open, but out of place when your mouth is closed. Eventually, this bone will deteriorate, creating pain and lack of function in your jaw. Reach out to Acadian Family Dental if you feel like you have symptoms related to TMJ.

What is TMJ

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the point on each side of your jaw that connects it to the skull. Pain can range in the face, ear, jaw or mouth. You can also experience toothaches, headaches, and difficulty chewing. Acadian Family Dental can help you confirm if you have TMJ, and how to treat it. It’s best to treat TMJ sooner than later. If you have tooth grinding, jaw pain, or tooth pain, those could be symptoms of TMJ. Acadian Family Dental can diagnose the problem and help restore the disc in your jaw. Active long term care will be required after a period that allows the joints and muscles to heal.

Is it Bad to Crack Your Jaw?

If your jaw pops or cracks, that is a clear sign of TMJ. Popping or clicking can happen when the disc on one or each side is displaced. Eventually, the disc will deteriorate from normal wear, and after years of cracking your jaw, you will suddenly have pain. You also might not be able to close your mouth completely, or on one side. Contact Acadian Family Dental today to begin your personalized TMJ treatment.

Types of TMJ Treatment

TMJ can cause a variety of problems. If you have jaw clicking or jaw popping, Acadian Family Dental can recommend jaw exercises. If you grind your teeth at night or are over-stressed, night guards are a great solution. Acadian Family Dental will create a mold fit specifically to your teeth. That way your sleep will not be disturbed, and you will no longer have teeth pain. In the case of severe cases, possibly muscle relaxants might be prescribed to relieve pain at night. Orthodontic care might also be a solution to all your TMJ-related worries. There are many different factors associated with TMJ, so it’s best to schedule an appointment with Acadian Family Dental, the experts at TMJ treatment.