Jaw Pain, Clicking Jaw, and Locked Jaw Can Be Symptoms of TMJ
Clicking Jaw and Popping Jaw
When your jaw is not in the proper position, often it can causes the TMJ disk to be displaced and the joint spaces to be closed. As a result you may experience clicking jaw or popping jaw upon opening or closing your mouth. The clicking in the jaw may happen during daily activities such as eating, yawning, or biting into a sandwich.
In extreme cases the displacement of the disk may cause the jaw to lock after a wide opening of the mouth and the patient may not be able to close his or her mouth. This is a serious condition and if left untreated will continue to deteriorate. Should you experience a locked jaw, you need to contact Dr. Eddie Siman, the TMJ expert ASAP.
Jaw Related Symptoms of TMJ
TMD may cause mild to severe pain and discomfort in the jaw joint area. This symptom can be temporary or last many years. One or both sides of your face may be affected. Jaw related symptons of TMJ may vary from person to person in type and severity.
You may experience:
• pain or tenderness in your jaw joint, especially when you chew or speak;
• problems opening your mouth wide;
• jaws might get "stuck" or "locked" with your mouth being either open or closed;
• Clicking jaw and popping jaw sounds may be present when you open or close your mouth and chew;
• trouble chewing;
• uncomfortable bite, when upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly