Stop My Clicking Jaw!
Does your clicking jaw cause you stress? You’re not alone! Regrettably, experiencing this annoying, and at times agonizing condition of a clicking jaw is a key warning sign of something even worse – temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Temporomandibular joint disorder is an condition within the hinge joint (TMJ) that joins the jaw to your skull. This joint controls all actions associated with the jaw. This means that a temporomandibular joint disorder most commonly will affect everyday actions including talking and eating. To ease this predicament, it is essential to get it diagnosed at an early stage. For this reason, understanding the symptoms of TMJ disorder, such as your frustrating clicking jaw, is going to be the first step in the direction to eliminating the condition.
Why Do I Have A Clicking Jaw?
If you are suffering with temporomandibular joint disorder, it’s likely that you will experience aching in your head, face, mouth, eyes, ears and even back. Despite common belief, a toothache is usually a sign, and not the actual cause of your TMJ disorder. The most common side effect or sign of TMJ is that annoying clicking jaw when you open or close your mouth. This loud noise happens due to a slight dislocation of your jaw bones. This key sign signals the onset of TMJ and must be addressed immediately to avoid permanent damage.
Additional Clicking Jaw (TMJ) Symptoms
In addition to the annoying clicking jaw, TMJ sufferers can experience a variety of symptoms throughout their entire body. These can include:
1. Face and Neck: Jaw pain one side, jaw joint pain, gum and tooth aches, as well as in the cheek muscles. Sufferers may also be clenching their teeth during sleep, causing the jaw to lock and/or the ability to open and close it normally.
2. Head: Symptoms in the head area include forehead aches, sinus pain and moderate to severe migraine attacks. Additionally, some sufferers report hearing problems, balance issues, tinnitus, clogged ears and dizziness.
3. Body: Commonly additional ailments will manifest themselves throughout different parts of the body. They can include stiffness and soreness in the shoulders and neck, as well as lower back pain. Chronic sufferers could even develop more serious long term conditions such as arthritis, reduced limb mobility and tingling in the toes and fingers.
Since many of these symptoms can indicate additional or alternate ailments, it is important to discuss your specific condition with a dentist, prior to assuming a self diagnosis. Since most clicking jaw conditions are brought on by mental stress or physical injury, it would be prudent to follow up with your medical practitioner as well. Both doctors can advise you on the best TMJ exercises to help stop that clicking jaw for good!