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Cracking jaw problem

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Posted by: GrandPain  (10 years ago)

Hello all,

When I wore braces a few years ago, I started to have a cracking jaw. When my braces came off, the cracking of my jaw did not go away. The other day, I decided to seek treatment for this. The dentist told me to use a dental guard. Is this what I really needed? I have read somewhere that a dental guard is for those who have teeth grinding habit. I do not grind my teeth so I am not sure if this is what I need. Any ideas? For those who have problem with cracking jaw, how did you treat it? Please give me some tips! I would be grateful for any information.
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Posted by: ghnane  (10 years ago)
Hello. Jaw clicking occurs to many people and if it does not cause pain it is not treated. Does your jaw click when you open and close? Do you hear two clicks or one? If it is two it is called reciprocal clicking. In some instances people experience locked jaw when they are unable to open or close. Clicking may also be due to TMJ disc dislocation. Often times the disc becomes anteriorly positioned thus when you open it clicks back in place.
Since you underwent orthodontic treatment it may also be due to changes of your occlusion/bite when your teeth were shifted. Night-guards are for bruxism and clenching during sleep. Clenching is when you continuously contract your facial muscles which is worse than bruxism. You may see a TMJ specialist to evaluate your case further by taking iCAT cone beam CT scans. Often if you have no pain the clicking is left alone.