A noise coming from our jaw when we eat or chew can sometimes alarm us. The truth of the matter is, is that it is much better for your dentist to investigate the noise and what its causing it before you begin to worry too much. The clicking and popping can be cause by something called TMJ disorder. There are even thing you can do to reduce or completely stop these noises. Read on to find out.
Let’s begin by talking about a clicking sound that can occur when you open your mouth to it’s widest possible circumference .This clicking is associated with a partial dislocation when the lower jawbone passes over a ridge in the upper jawbone but doesn’t require any treatment unless there is significant pain associated with the noise.
There is, however, a clicking or popping that can be of more concern. These sounds can indicate the displacement of the cartilage disks in your jaw bone, that is a tall tale sign of TMJ disorder.
Tp keep these sounds and the pain associated with them at bay, there are a few things you can do. Try a diet of softer foods and avoid chewing habits like gum or hard foods. Be sure to nt clench your jaw, try to relax, and keep stress levels low.
If you’re still left with questions regarding the voice your jaw makes when you eat or chew, don’t hesitate to give our Washington, DC, office a call. Those of us at Berkshire family dental are for for you, and to answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your dental health. We would love a chance to get to talk to you and are eagerly waiting for your call!