Should I Use Splint?
Hi Danilaf Audience,
Clicking on the jaw during yawning can occur when the jaw is overextended (opening too wide). This clicking can be an early symptom of temporomandibular joint abnormalities. In TMJ abnormalities the symptoms that can arise are:
Pain in the jaw can spread to the ear or other parts of the face Difficulty chewing Difficulty opening the mouth Risk factors that increase the incidence of TMJ abnormalities are a history of trauma to the jaw, bruxism (involuntary movements of teeth grinding while sleeping), arthritis, connective tissue disorders. Patients usually go to the doctor when clicking that arises to interfere or if there is constant pain in the jaw. Handling given for TMJ disorders includes the provision of drugs such as anti-inflammatory, pain relief, muscle relaxants, and antidepressant classes. Other therapies given are the use of oral splint (such as mouth guard) to improve the position of the tooth clamp and provide a good jaw position, therapy to strengthen the jaw muscles, and also surgical treatment in certain cases.
You can reduce clicking complaints by avoiding yawning too wide, not chewing food that is too hard, avoiding chewing on only one side of the mouth. Further consultation with a doctor can be done to determine the most appropriate treatment for your case. Thus the explanation from me, may be useful.