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By Angel Dental Care
July 12, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: TMJ Symptoms  

What your dentist in Catonsville wants you to knowJaw Pop

If you have experienced popping or clicking noises when you chew, you are not alone. It’s easy to ignore occasional jaw issues, but chronic popping and clicking noises could be a sign of something more serious. Abnormal jaw sounds can be an early symptom of problems with your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. Dr. M.S. Warshanna at Angel Dental Care in Catonsville, MD, wants to share the facts about TMJ problems.

Your temporomandibular joint is unlike any other joint in your body because it moves by sliding. Because of its unique movement, it can be displaced easily due to an accident, trauma, arthritis or other causes. Once it becomes displaced, it stops moving properly.

Now, instead of smoothly moving, it causes friction by rubbing against other surfaces. The tissue around the joint becomes inflamed and swells, causing pain and limited movement. Continued TMJ issues can cause a condition called temporomandibular joint disorder, commonly known as TMD.

That’s why if you notice popping or clicking that doesn’t go away, you should see an expert like Dr. Warshanna. Other signs and symptoms of TMJ issues include:

  • Jaw locking when you open and close your mouth
  • Jaw pain that surrounds your ears
  • Frequent headaches
  • Pain that radiates into other areas of your face

If you think you might have TMJ problems, there are some effective treatments to reduce pain, including:

  • Prescription strength medications to reduce swelling, pain and muscle tension
  • Bite adjustments and restorative options
  • Hot and cold therapy and stretching exercises
  • Cortisone injections around the joint
  • Custom-made bite guards or night splints
  • Surgical therapy for severe cases

For more information about TMJ issues and treatment, please visit the TMJ page on the website at http://www.angeldentalcare.com/tmj-treatment.html

You don’t have to suffer from popping, locking and other uncomfortable TMJ symptoms because help is just a phone call away. Don’t wait for your TMJ symptoms to lead to more severe problems. Call Dr. Warshanna at Angel Dental Care in Catonsville, MD today and get some help!