Does your jaw pop or click when you open your mouth or chew?

Popping or clicking of the jaw joint is a common indication of a chronic pain disorder referred to as TMJ. TMJ occurs when injury or damage has occurred to the temporomandibular joint, or the jaw joint. 

Dr. Roy Eskow and Dr. Adam Eskow are experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of TMJ disorders and myofascial pain syndrome. Using state of the art dental technology, Dr. Eskow and Eskow provide thorough scanning and analysis of the head, jaw, and mouth. We offer TMJ therapy and treatment options from the comfort of our Bethesda dentist office. 

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What could be causing my jaw to pop?

Patients who have suffered a jaw injury, or who grind or clench their teeth may experience popping or click in their jaw. Bruxism (teeth grinding) is a habit that offers occurs subconsciously or while a patient is sleeping. Repetitive grinding or clenching of the jaw can damage the joint and irritate the muscles causing the jaw to pop when opening or closing. 

How can I prevent my jaw from popping?

There is no standard solution for treating TMJ or jaw popping. A through bite analysis can help your Bethesda Dental Implant Center dentist build a treatment plan that will address any underlying functional issues. We offer several treatment options for addressing jaw popping and TMJ including:

  • Oral appliance therapy (such as a night guard)
  • Dental splints
  • Occlusal equilibration, making changes to the fit of the bite by reshaping and/or removing tooth structure

Schedule a Consultation

If you experience chronic facial pain, popping of your jaw, or discomfort when chewing or speaking, schedule a consultation with Dr. Roy Eskow or Dr. Adam Eskow. They will do a thorough evaluation of your bite function and overall dental health condition. They will then be able to offer the proper TMJ treatment in the Washington DC or Bethesda, MD area.

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