jaw clicking or poping

by natalie
(toronto)

So a year ago I had jaw surgery on upper and lower jaw which I now have screws and plates. It doesn't bug me at all and I healed really nicely. Well the other day when I woke up I started to have pain in the tmj joint if feels like I bruised it and it clicks/ pops everytime I open my mouth I'm alittle worried that I may need surgery again.

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surgery for popping and clicking?
by: Dr. Spainhower

Hello Natalie,

Popping and clicking does not warrant having surgery. Only if you have severe jaw locking that occurs from the clicking is surgery recommended. If pain is so great that it limits your ability to perform your daily activities, then surgery may be recommended also.

But, only clicking and popping is not an accepted symptom to have surgery.

If the popping just started within a month or so, you may be able to stop it by wearing a night time splint and/or bite correction. But you need to stop the popping asap to give the greatest chance to stop the popping.

A nueromuscular dentist can help you with that.

Sincerely,

Dr. Spainhower

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