The pop you feel is your TMJ( temporal mandibular joint) . The noise may also be from the TMJ.
Try to avoid opening wide to yawn or eat large sandwiches.
There is a disc in the TMJ that can dislodge and this causes the popping sound.
There are mouth guards that can be fabricated which can recapture this disk,( I like the Gelb appliance) also there is a DNA appliance which is helpful to correct the bite, and correct and stabilize the TMJ.
Best to you,
Dr. Felicia Nesbit
will be predisposed to flareups but there are some things you can do to
minimize the likelihood of flareups. Avoid chewing gum, opening wide, and
foods that require a lot of hard chewing. Increased stress can also help
to cause a flareup. If you clench and/or grind your teeth at night, a
nightguard might help. Aspirin, advil, or aleve as directed with food if
you have pain and a soft diet is recommended until symptoms subside. If
you need to see a dentist with expertise in TMJ in my neighborhood, try Dr.
Bernstein. Most flareups are self-limiting but see a doctor if symptoms
persist or are worsening. This is my opinion- not medical advice.
when hear that Pop/click and crinkle noise? If the answer is Yes there
pain or discomfort, you should seek treatment with a Dentist in your area.
Possibly Googling the phrase "Dentist, TMJ, TMD, Joint Pain", etc and see
who comes up in your area. Not all Dentists treat this type of issue and
many times it involves treatment at the Oral Surgeons office as well with
Botox injections into the joint and other remedies. If there is No pain or
discomfort, then it's usually a symptom caused by either a lack of
cartilage in your TMJ joint b/w the condyle of the jaw and the socket in
the skull to which it connects to or it could be that your cartilage is out
of position. When it's out of position and you open, your ligaments in the
area tend to pull it back into the proper position over your condyle and
it's that friction of the cartilage sliding over the bone that produces the
Pop and sometimes crinkling noises. Imagine you snapping your fingers.
It's the friction of your fingers sliding over each other that causes that
Pop. Same idea applies here. In either case, where cartilage is thin or
out of position, you have two options. Do nothing and as long as their
isn't pain or discomfort, you continue on your normal daily life. The
risk? At some point pain may develop and you'll need more advanced
treatments like what I described above. This isn't always the case as I've
had patients with that Pop for years who haven't had issues. Others it can
and has developed into worse symptoms. If you don't want to risk it, your
dentist can make you an appliance to wear while you sleep called a Night
Guard, Occlusal Guard, Brux Guard (it goes by many names). Wearing this to
bed will keep your teeth separated from one another and create space in
your joint area, decrease inflammation and help prevent the wearing down of
the cartilage that can occur. Hope that helps!
go; especially depending on various factors like stressful situations or
grinding and clenching during sleep. I would suggest consulting with an
oral surgeon. Many of them specialize in the joints associated with your
jaw. They can better guide you in managing these symptoms with different
acts as a shock absorber is stuck in front of the joint. When you open it
pops back into place. The grinding you hear is caused by the bones grinding
TMD syndrome can also cause headache and dizziness, potentially leading to nausea
Some individuals with TMD syndrome may have a history of poor dentition or emotional distress
you yawn, bite into a sandwich, apple, etc. for a month or so, and if the
symptoms don't improve, see your dentist. Also, if you are a grinder or
clencher, you may be a candidate for a nightguard appliance.