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Have you ever felt painful clicking op popping in your jaw when you talk or chew?  Many people suffer from a jaw, muscle and joint disorder known as TMD (temporomandibular disorder) and may not even know it.  Here are some of the common symptoms:

  • Pain in or around the ear that may sometimes spread to the face
  • Tender jaw muscles
  • Clicking or popping noises when you open or close your mouth
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Jaw joints that don’t feel quite right – a feeling that they are “locked” or “stuck”
  • Pain when you yawn, chew or open your mouth wide
  • Headaches or neckaches

While it is not always possible to pinpoint exactly why TMD occurs, in many cases it is due to arthritis, dislocation and injury.  The way your teeth fit together – your bite – could also be the culprit.  Treatment could include modifying the pain through relaxation techniques or wearing a special occusal guard (bite plate)


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