Why the Popping Stops — and What Comes Next
If you’re wondering “how do you get your jaw to stop popping?”, it’s important to know why it stops popping in the first place. The popping stops when the displaced disc is no longer able to slip back into place. Instead, it rides in front of the joint and interferes with your ability to open your jaw. You might not notice the interference at first until one day you find that you can only open your jaw slightly.
Many people actually wake up and realize they can’t open their jaw at all, a condition known as lockjaw. This is terrifying, and you might be tempted to try to force your jaw open. It’s often possible to force your jaw open, but if you do, it will cause more damage to your jaw joints, so that the only treatment option will be surgery.
Getting TMJ Treatment in Detroit, MI Before or After Lockjaw
If you notice popping or clicking in your jaw joint, don’t ignore or dismiss it. It is a serious condition that will likely only get worse. The sooner you can get help, the better. Your TMJ treatment at this stage will be much less invasive and much more successful.
When your jaw popping stops, understand that it’s a sign that your condition is getting worse, and seek treatment immediately.
If you have experienced lockjaw, seeing a doctor without the proper training can be as bad as forcing the jaw open yourself. Make sure the healthcare professional you see knows how to properly release a locked jaw.
If you are looking for help with popping, clicking, or other TMJ symptoms in Detroit, please call (248) 480-0085 for an appointment with a TMJ dentist at the Michigan Center for TMJ & Sleep Wellness.