Jaw popping can occur when you talk, yawn, or eat and is not always a cause for concern. However, when pain or other ailments accompany it, there may be a more serious reason behind the clicking or popping sound you hear.
Jaw popping is when your jaw cracks or clicks when you eat, talk, or yawn. It is often a symptom of a range of temporomandibular disorders (TMJ) disorders, though it can sometimes be from a shallow joint.
If a TMJ disorder causes your jaw to pop, one or more symptoms may accompany it:
It is important to have your jaw looked at if you notice any of these symptoms occurring alongside your jaw popping.
While jaw-popping TMJ disorders are the most common reason for jaw popping, there are other reasons your jaw could be popping:
Due to how many reasons could cause your jaw to pop, it is important to have our team examine your jaw. If it is severe, you can treat it before developing other oral problems.
Depending on the cause of your jaw popping, our team will recommend one of the following treatments. Sometimes, combining treatments offer the best results, especially if multiple causes are behind the issue.
For more severe jaw popping, our team will recommend that you receive jaw surgery to relieve the problem.
Common jaw popping treatment options include:
Mild jaw popping can often be treated by home remedies when combined with lifestyle changes. Some home remedies include:
If the jaw pain continues after making lifestyle changes and using these home remedies, our team can help identify other reasons for the jaw popping.
When lifestyle changes and home remedies are not enough to treat your jaw popping, we recommend one of the following nonsurgical dental treatments.
If your jaw pops and is not relieved after a few days of lifestyle changes or home remedies, our team at TLN Family Dental can help you identify and fix the problem. Contact us today or schedule an appointment online at one of our Pearland or Houston, Texas offices.