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Why Does Your Jaw Click When You Chew or Speak?



Posted on 4/25/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Why Does Your Jaw Click When You Chew or Speak? You may have recently sat down for dinner and noticed a little clicking sound every time you chewed your food. You may have also noticed this sound when speaking of yawning as well. This may be a sign of temporomandibular disorder or TMD. TMD is a disorder that affects how the jaw functions. It can be quite painful, and you might not know how to deal with it. However, we are here to help you. Clicking or pooping in your jaw isn't always an indication of TMD, so it's important to look out for other signs of it. If you wake up in the morning with pain in your jaw, it's possible you may have TMD. The pain in your jaw comes from clenching your teeth at night. This constant clenching puts pressure on your jaw muscle and can weaken it over time. In some cases, it's possible to lose cartilage in your jaw socket which may cause the clicking you hear.

Signs Of TMD

Another sign of TMD to be aware of is swelling in the face. When the muscle that controls your jaw is put under constant pressure, it becomes irritated and swells. Imagine working out your arms all day long. They would be pretty sore by the end of the day, and you probably wouldn't even be able to lift them above your head. One more sign of TMD is occasional locking of the jaw. Have you ever been eating, and your jaw just won't close or open? This is a sign of serious TMD and indicates that your jaw muscle has been severely damaged. TMD only gets worse over time, so please contact if you're worried about it. We can help cure your TMD so that you won't have to suffer any longer.
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