Ask a Dentist

May 14, 2020

Q: I sometimes feel my jaw popping or locking, is this something my dentist can help with?

A: It sounds like you may be experiencing TMD (temporomandibular disorder). If so, your dentist can probably help you. TMD causes uncomfortable clicking and popping in your jaw and in more serious cases can cause the jaw to lock open or shut. Left untreated, TMD can lead to long term pain and discomfort.

In many cases TMD can be managed with at-home treatments such as wearing a fitted mouthguard and doing light jaw exercises. It can also be helped by massage and heat therapy. In some rare cases surgery is required to relieve the irritating pain.

Visit our St. Vital or Garden City dentists to discuss the frequency, type and level of pain in your jaw. We’ll help find a solution to have you smiling comfortably again. Schedule an appointment today.