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Why Is My Jaw Clicking? What Can I Do About It?

March 17, 2016

jaw clickingGot a clicking jaw? If you can’t take a big bite of a burger without wincing in jaw pain, or if singing aloud to your favorite song leaves you aching for hours, you could be suffering from a disorder with your TMJ. Fortunately, your Elite Dentistry team offers treatment for disordered TMJ in Marietta. Keep reading to learn more and find the relief you seek today!

Stop Your Clicking Jaw With TMJ Treatment in Marietta

A disorder with the TMJ can happen for a number of reasons. A misaligned bite, teeth grinding and clenching or incurring a head injury (like heavy blow or whiplash) can all cause problems with the group of muscles known as the temporomandibular joint. And when something goes wrong, you’ll definitely feel it.

Problems with the TMJ can result in the following side effects.

  • Pain or tenderness in the face, head, neck or ears
  • The sensation that the jaw locks into place on opening wide
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking or yawning due to jaw pain
  • The sensation that the upper and lower teeth don’t fit together properly
  • Facial swelling

If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should be aware of the risk for TMJ disorder. Know that the team at Elite Dentistry provide TMJ treatment to help like you find the relief you need.

How TMJ Therapy Works

There are a number of approaches to treating a disorder with the TMJ. Because tooth grinding or jaw clenching can be brought on by stress, sometimes certain lifestyle changes can help to reduce the symptoms associated with TMJ disorder. Mediation, yoga, reducing alcohol and tobacco consumption or starting talk therapy may help you relieve tension and enjoy better jaw function.

Additionally, certain small changes can make a big difference in the way your jaw works. Taking smaller bites, chewing on both sides of the mouth and avoiding hard, chewy foods can all help.

Another wonderful method we have at Elite Dentistry for reducing the symptoms related to TMJ disorder may surprise you. You already know Botox as a way to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but it’s also proven to be incredibly effective in alleviating problems associated with TMJ disorders. It works by freezing the muscles that cause pain, bringing you relief for three to four months at a time. Patients who have found the solution they’ve sought with Botox will tell you — it’s beyond worth its investment to live pain-free once again.

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

If you suspect you may be suffering from TMJ disorder, or if you know you’ve got a problem with your TMJ and would like to find relief once and for all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Elite Dentistry. Our commitment is to help you live pain-free once again — schedule your appointment today!

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