Clicking Jaw

Please call Dr Finkelstein on 9262 7778 to receive professional advice on the relief of a clicking jaw or popping jaw

A clicking, popping or snapping sound in the jaw joint almost always accompanies Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome.

The clicking or popping sound may or may not be accompanied by pain. The clicking sound may even be noticeable to others when you chew or speak.

Usually a clicking jaw can be attributed to a displaced disc in the jaw. Like the shoulder, the jaw is made up of ball and socket joints. When ball and socket joints are operating as normal, a thin disc of cartilage separates the ball and socket.

If you have an incorrect bite or the jaw tissue becomes torn by trauma, the jaw joint becomes misaligned, and the disc is typically pulled forward and damaged. Since a cartilage disc no longer separates the ball and socket, these bones scrape against each other and push on nerves, causing discomfort in the jaw and clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint. The muscles holding the cartilage disc in place are in an unnatural position, causing further distress in the jaw, face, head, neck, back and shoulders.

Neuromuscular Dentistry works to return the misaligned bite and displaced disk to their optimal positions. This allows the clicking and popping sounds in the jaw to disappear and enables the muscles to hold the disc in place without tension, alleviating the jaw, face, head, neck, back, and shoulder pain caused by TMJ.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Dr Finkelstein will explain these to you carefully at the time of your consultation as well as address any questions you may have. We also recommend before proceeding, you seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Dr Michael Finkelstein BDS