Question: What causes my jaw to pop when I open it?
Many people experience this popping when they open their mouths, so we thought we’d answer this question on the blog today. There is a disk that separates the jaw bone from the base of the skull, and this is what can cause the popping sound. When you open your mouth wide, the jaw bone “pops” off the disk. Treatment for this is not necessary unless pain is associated with the “pop” or the jaw locks when opened too widely.
The popping could also be due to TMJ (short for temporomandibular joint dysfunction syndrome). This is also usually not serious in the short term, but can be an annoyance for many. If TMJ causes long term pain, surgery may eventually be needed.
If you have any questions about your jaw, pain in your jaw, or questions about your oral health, please contact the professionals at DentaLux today!