Posted on 31 March 2021

Pain, swelling and problems opening the mouth are some of the symptoms of jaw popping. Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders are a common cause of jaw popping.

Key takeaways:

  • Bad habits including teeth grinding and regular gum chewing can also cause jaw popping.
  • Jaw popping caused by a TMJ disorder may require a dental splint to help reposition the jaw.
  • A dentist may recommend a night-time mouthguard or stress reduction techniques to combat teeth grinding.

"Your dentist can help you determine the cause of your jaw popping and what you can do about it. Fortunately, most treatments are minimally invasive, and many are lifestyle changes you may be able to make to improve the condition." 

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