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Q: I feel my jaw popping or locking, can a dentist help?

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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.

You can manage TMD with at-home treatments such as wearing a fitted mouthguard and doing light jaw exercises in many cases. 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 Centre or Garden City Shopping Centre 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.

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