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Is it normal for my jaw to click or pop?

Any time a joint clicks, pops, or locks, it indicates a potential condition.

Jaw joints tend to pop or click because the disc becomes stuck while rotating inside the joint. This occurs due to inflammation or joint dysfunction. When left untreated, a popping jaw may eventually lock open or closed and feel painful. Even eating and yawning can become uncomfortable experiences. This is why seeking treatment for anything that feels uncomfortable or unnatural right away is essential.

Dr. Woodlief is passionate about relieving the jaw pain and headaches that accompany a common condition called temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMJ or TMD.

He provides highly personalized care based on your symptoms, jaw function, and oral health as well as whether or not you grind your teeth. Not only does the treatment that Dr. Woodlief provide address the symptoms, it also corrects the cause of the problem, resulting in better jaw function, less pain, fewer headaches, and greater comfort in your day-to-day life. 

Treatment may include some or all of the following TMJ therapies:

  • Oral appliance therapy
  • Occlusal equilibration
  • Therapeutic injections
  • Laser treatment
  • Massage
  • Orthodontics
  • Full mouth restoration

To find out what treatment will work best for you, contact us to schedule an evaluation.

To learn more about TMJ dysfunction and bruxism visit our TMJ Page.

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