Sounds Like Shifting In The Jaw?
My jaw feels stiff and there is a clicking sound when I open it at the same time as my teeth are growing, could it be from my back teeth? If I take treatment, should I see an orthopedic doctor or a dentist?
Hi Nadia, thanks for the question. Our lower jaw is attached to the skull via the temporomandibular joint. This joint is often abbreviated as TMJ (Temporomandibullar Joint). This joint controls the movement of your jaw to open and close. These joints play a major role in your ability to speak and chew food. Complaints such as a stiff jaw and sound when opening the mouth can be caused by disorders of the joint but can also be caused by:
shifting or inflammation of the TMJ joint tooth infection tooth growth 3rd molars or wisdom teeth ear infection nervous disorders tetanus The growth of your wisdom teeth is most likely the cause of the jaw complaints you feel. Wisdom teeth or third molars are the last teeth to grow. These teeth usually only grow when the age of 18 years to 40 years. However, the growth of wisdom teeth often causes problems because of the lack of available space in the jaw. As a result, it can cause infection to abscesses in the gums. In addition, the lack of space in the jaw will cause the wisdom teeth to push the surrounding teeth which leads to inflammation and pain. We recommend that you see the nearest dentist to get further treatment. Wisdom teeth that grow abnormally must be removed / extracted.
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