“Clicking or popping of the jaw can be quite annoying and often, very painful” according Short Hills, New Jersey’s TMJ doctor, Dr. Ivan Stein.
“Jaw popping or jaw clicking can be associated with a number of different symptoms such as: grinding, clenching or grating of the teeth which is also called Bruxism, muscle disorders of the jaw, alignment disorders of the jaw, or from individual jaw mechanics. Most of these symptoms are associated with TMJ or TMD disorder.
TMJ is short for temporomandibular joint and TMD is short for temporomandibular dysfunction. Patients with TMJ or TMD can experience painful symptoms such as jaw muscle pain, headaches, earaches, neck and shoulder pain” says TMJ specialist, Dr. Ivan Stein.
Dr. Stein further states, “If patients are experiencing clicking or popping of the jaw, they should seek medical help from a TMJ or TMD specialist as these symptoms can lead to more painful problems in the future.”
If clicking or popping of the jaw has you concerned that you might have TMJ or TMD, please call Dr. Stein at the Headache & TMJ Center of New Jersey today for a free consultation 855.TMJ.DOCS or 855.865.3627.