Is a Popping Jaw Normal?

man with a headacheIdeally, the human mouth is designed so that its movable parts glide along smoothly, allowing you to chew, bite, swallow, and speak with ease and perfection. Unfortunately, “ideal” may not always be the case of your oral health, and your mouth’s parts may not move as effortlessly as they should. For instance, if the joints responsible for the movement were damaged or misaligned, it could lead to complications when you open and close your jaw, such as discomfort or a consistent, annoying pop. If it happens every time, or most of the times, that you move your jaw, you may not notice it as much after a while unless it causes physical pain. Nevertheless, a popping jaw is not normal, and should be addressed as soon as possible. Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, explains the condition that can cause your jaw to pop (TMD), and you shouldn’t ignore its symptoms.

What are TMJs, and Why are They Disordered?

Like most of your body’s moving parts, your jaws’ movement is facilitated by joints; particularly, the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) that connect your lower jaw, or mandible, to the temporal bones in your skull. When your bite is perfectly aligned, these joints and the muscles that surround them allow your jaw to move in its necessary formations. If your bite is misaligned, however, your jaws may have to work harder to keep it straight while you chew your food or complete your sentence properly. The extra work can over-stress your jaw’s joints, and the damage can lead to jaw popping, as well as severe headaches, earaches, facial pain and soreness, and a host of other craniofacial maladies.

Find Relief by Treating TMD with Your Polk City Dentist

TMJ disorder, sometimes called TMD, is frequently misdiagnosed because of the diversity of its symptoms. Much like a popping jaw can often go unheeded, frequent headaches and neck pain are commonly attributed to stress or sore muscles. If you suffer from chronic, unexplained aches in your head, neck, and face, or if your jaw pops consistently, schedule an appointment with your Polk City dentist by calling Cornerstone Dental at (515) 984-6001. Located in the 50226 area, we proudly welcome families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.