JAW CLICKING ON LEFT SIDE AND CHEW FATIGUE

by Nick
(Charlotte, NC)

I had an upper left molar crown removed and replaced 2 months ago. To get the crown off the dentist had to wrestle and bang down to get it off. Coincident to that treatment a clicking and popping arose in my left side jaw. This has progressed to clicking if I am chewing or taking an average size bite. I have to cut my food small and not be chewy or the clicking, popping and fatigue sets in. I do exercises but they don t seem to be helping this. I do not have much if any pain. Where is this going. Will it get worse. I don t see how a splint would help-I think I was injured by the dental procedure.

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Jaw clicking in left side jaw
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Nick,

Sorry to hear about your difficult and traumatic dental appointment.

Most likely the clicking is due to fatigued muscles.

So, the remedy is to allow your muscles to relax. The best way to do that is to Not allow your back teeth to touch during the day, and wear a good night guard at night which shuts down your muscle contraction when you sleep.

If your teeth fit together "normally" now when you close your teeth together, and you still having clicking in the jaw, then most likely your TMJ disc has been slipping out of place since you were a teenager. This slipping of the disc goes unnoticed and can not be felt for many slipping of the disc sufferers.

The slipping disc will start to click or pop when you've gone through increased stress. So, it is entirely possible the your disc has been slipping all the time, but the stress and trauma from the dental appointment caused more of a dysfunction and the click appears.

If your teeth do Not close together normally now, then it's possible that the click is new, and the exhausting appointment caused fatigue where the muscles do not function properly now.

The cure is to relax the muscles. Wear a good night guard to relax them.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Spainhower


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