Popping by the Ears Is an Early Sign of TMJ problems

Popping by the Ears Is an Early Sign of TMJ problems

Do you get clicking or popping near your ears when you open your jaws wide? These noises are related to the workings of the jaw joints which is named the Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ. When it doesn’t work properly, it is termed TMD for Temporomandibular Dysfunction. When a person falls on their chin, the lower jaw bone, mandible, is forced backward and can stretch the ligaments that hold the joint tightly together. These ligaments never rebound to their original dimension allowing a certain amount of “play” in the joint. Between the upper and lower bones is a soft pad called the “Disk”. This disk is supposed to move along with the lower jaw bone upon opening, but if it lags due to stretched ligaments, it will eventually snap into place creating the click or pop. If this sign is not treated early, it can progress to where the disk remains fully out of place, dislocated, and the lower jaw will be locked either open or closed. A variety of methods exist for its early treatment. Rember that nothing is better than prevention.

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