A little bit of clicking in your jaw while chewing and grinding tough foods isn’t out of the ordinary. Sometimes this can be the limited amount of slip allowed in the natural function of the temporomandibular joints that hinge your jaw.
Yet, if this clicking is frequent or associated with pain or soreness near the temples, is in front of the ears, or within the joint itself, you should not dismiss it out of hand because it could be a symptom of a TMJ disorder. It can be especially distressing if you also experience pain when biting down and applying pressure to the joints.
In a situation like this, you should strongly consider scheduling an appointment at [practice_name] in [city], [state]. Our team of doctors can determine if you have TMJ disorder. We can then help you develop an effective treatment strategy to reduce symptoms and discomfort.
We often start with a treatment plan that focuses on simple lifestyle modifications, like having a soft-foods diet, performing basic facial stretches, as well as using over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications. If these minute changes in your daily habits don’t improve your discomfort level, we might recommend more proactive treatment methods.
If you live in the [city], [state], area and you’ve been experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, you should call [phone] to seek professional diagnosis and treatment with Dr. Ariz and Dr. Arami.