The Jaw Feels Like It Sounds When You Eat Or Open Your Mouth?
What should I consult with a doctor if I have symptoms of the jaw. Sometimes it sounds ‘clinking’ and a little pain when eating / opening and closing my mouth?
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The clacking sound you feel when you move your jaw can be caused by a problem in the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects the lower jaw and the temporal bone of the head. This joint is used to open the mouth and move the lower jaw. Disorders of these joints can cause discomfort when opening your mouth, yawning, chewing, and so on.
The symptoms caused by the disorder consist of:
A "clack" sound when moving the jaw
Stiffness in the jaw
There may be swelling in the area
Deformities in these areas can be caused by problems with the muscles, joints, teeth, or gums adjacent to the temporomandibular joint.
Some of the conditions that give rise to this are:
The habit of chewing gum, biting lips, nails, can cause muscle fatigue in the area
The habit of grinding or clenching teeth which will increase the wear and tear of the cartilage and jaw joint
The habit of accepting cell phones by connecting the ears and shoulders will result in muscle abnormalities
Tooth alignment abnormalities, impacted teeth
Psychological stress that increases muscle tension
To ascertain the cause of the complaint, you should check your problem with the dentist. The doctor will perform a detailed examination, and if necessary an x-ray will be performed on your jaw.
Things you can do to reduce complaints and prevent your condition from worsening are:
Eat soft foods
Compress the painful area with a cold compress, especially if accompanied by swelling
Avoid opening your mouth too wide when eating or yawning
Avoid the habit of picking up the phone by tying it to the ear and shoulder
Avoid the habit of biting nails or lips
You can take over-the-counter drugs such as paracetamol to reduce your pain
That is the explanation from me. Hopefully helpful and useful :)
dr. Princess Claudya