Posted on 4/20/2020 by Manhattan Maxillofacial Surgery Group
Your body makes all sorts of noises. Some of the noises are natural and others are a sign that something is not right. Whenever you hear your body making some sort of strange noise, you should take some time to figure out what it is. If the sound you hear is a clicking sound in your jaw, there are three reasons that you should be aware of.
TMJ DisordersWhen it comes to a clicking sound in your jaw, one of the most common causes relates to the temporomandibular joint. This is a joint is a combination of muscles, ligaments and bone where the jaw connects to the skull. When they are healthy and work in harmony, you are able to open and close your mouth and it works without making any extra sounds. When you suffer from a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) the jaw does not always function properly. It is out of alignment and tat can lead to clicking or popping sounds when you move the jaw from side to side or open it wide or just move it in the wrong way.
MalocclusionMalocclusion is the formal term for an underbite or overbite. It can lead to a variety of problems because the upper and lower teeth don't align properly. You may shift your jaw to compensate for the underbite or overbite and this can turn into the clicking or popping sound.
TraumaWhen there is trauma to the jaw such as a broken or dislocated jaw, you can run into a variety of problems. The jaw can become unhinged from the trauma. When that happens, you may hear the popping sound as it tries to work itself back into the right place. The good news about these three causes for jaw clicking or popping is that they are all treatable. You don't have to live with the sounds of your jaw if you take the time to find out how to fix the cause. Contact out dental professionals to schedule your next appointment with us.