Is jaw clicking normal?
Do you sometimes have migraines or even neck pain? Some people even complain of back pain and the pain seems to mysteriously appear for no obvious reason.
Has anyone ever mentioned that it may be a problem with the joint in your jaw? We mean the joint on either side of your jaw very close to your ears. This is the joint that does all the work when you chew or yawn or cut food with your teeth. If you touch that area and open and close your teeth, you will feel the joint moving. Do you feel it move? Do you feel a clicking when you move? Do you feel a grinding like there is sand between the jawbone and your skull? If it clicks or grinds, that is not normal!
Temporo Mandibular Joint
This joint is not talked about or discussed that often and yet and is the harbinger of many pains in the body. The joint otherwise known as the Temporo Mandibular Joint (TMJ), can be the problem for neck, head or back pain…not to mention jaw locking or limited opening of the mouth.
Clicking Noise in Jaw
Another indicator of the Dysfunction of this joint, a problem called Temporo Mandibular Dysfunction or TMD, is clicking or noise in the jaw joint. You may hear it when you yawn or chew or feel the area near your ears and it is not a natural thing. It is indicative of wear in the joint (TMJ). Sometimes this symptom of joint anomaly is painless, and at other times it is associated with pain. Like the joint at your knees or elbow the cartilage can wear down or there could be wearing of the joint itself. Unlike the knee there is a medical way for a replacement of this joint but you really do not want to go to that point.
There may be an easy way to correct the situation before it becomes an issue or cause pain. Start when you notice the clicking. However if you already have discomfort, there may be a solution to reverse or at least stabilize the situation.
A joint check should be an integral part of a checkup when you are a new patient at any dental clinic. If there is no problem when your jaw moves left or right there may never be a problem. However if the dentist notes clicking of the joint when he checks or notes wear on the teeth from grinding, then it is time to pay attention. TMD can be present without any pain.
Four major factors that affect joint health are: 1.Life style or stress levels 2.Occlusion of the teeth or how the teeth fit 3.Muscles of the jaw 4.Internal workings of the joint itself: disc, cartilage, ligaments, bone
So if you have some unidentified pain in the neck, migraines or even back pain, call a dentist.
For more information contact Willow Dental Care Vancouver Dentist