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How to Handle Popping Jaws


Posted on 5/8/2023 by SRD Muscle Shoals
How to Handle Popping JawsJaw popping can be highly inconvenient. Pain, clicking, or a grating sensation may accompany it. In rare situations, it may even make it impossible to expand your mouth wide. Are you one of those people whose jaws drop? Here's what you need to know!

Jaw Popping: Causes


While popping the jaw is often harmless and resolves independently, it can sometimes signify a more severe condition. One common cause of the popping of the jaw is joint inflammation. It can be due to conditions like arthritis or TMJ disorders. When the joints in your jaw become inflamed, they may not function as smoothly as they should. When you move your jaw, this can cause popping, clicking, or grating sounds. Joint inflammation may also lead to pain and limited mouth opening in some cases. Another possible cause of the popping of the jaw is the dislocation of the TMJ. It connects the lower part of the jaw to your skull and allows your mouth to open and close. If the joint becomes dislocated, it can pop out of place when you try to move your jaw. It usually happens after an injury but can also occur due to arthritis or other conditions that weaken the joint.

What Are the Treatments?


If your jaw popping is minor, you may not require therapy. But, if your symptoms are severe or last longer than a few days, you should consult a doctor. If the cause of your cracking jaw is joint inflammation, your doctor may prescribe medicine to relieve inflammation and pain. Physical therapy treatments to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the joint may also be recommended. If a dislocated TMJ causes your popping jaw, your doctor will need to realign the joint. To keep the joint stable after it has been repositioned, you may need to wear a splint or brace. In some circumstances, surgical surgery is required to heal the joint injury.

Please schedule an appointment with our office today to learn more about dealing with popping jaws.

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