Does your jaw pop or click when you open and close your mouth? If it does, you probably find the noise distracting as the opening and closing of the mouth is a frequent occurrence throughout the day. In addition, a popping jaw may also be accompanied by soreness or outright pain in the jaw area. But what causes a popping jaw? Your Erlanger KY dentist explains below as she takes a closer look at the jaw joints. (more…)
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Experiencing jaw pain is not uncommon. In fact, if your jaws ache occasionally or feel fatigued, you may have no need to worry. But when your jaw pain coincides with other maladies, you should see your dentist. Your pain could stem from a problem with your temporomandibular joints. Typically, a TMJ disorder (TMD) causes localized pain affecting your head, neck, and ears. Relieving the pain can be simple and non-invasive, if treated early enough. You can avoid complications from TMD, like worn and broken teeth, by seeking council from a dental professional. In this article, Erlanger cosmetic dentist Dr. Darlene Sand Wall explains the connection between TMD and earaches.
Earaches from TMJ Disorder
The temporomandibular joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull are sensitive. A thin disc rests between the jaw and temporal bones to smooth common motions associated with chewing, talking, and yawning. When your jaw sustains injury from physical trauma or excessive stress from clenching or teeth grinding (bruxism), the TMJs can become unbalanced, and you can experience pain in various places. An unbalanced joint irritates nerves that cause earaches and ear ringing, which TMD treatment may remedy. (more…)