Have you ever noticed a clicking or popping sound in your jaw when chewing or speaking? The orthodontists at the offices of Lisa P. Howard DDS MS want you to know this happens to everyone from time to time. However, if it happens frequently and is combined with other symptoms such as jaw pain, locking of your jaws, reduced ability to open and close the mouth, ear pain, or difficulty chewing, you may have a condition known as TMD or TMJ disorder. Watch the video below to find out more about TMJ dysfunction.
Orthodontics is a special field of dentistry that concerns itself with the study and treatment of irregular bites. An abnormal bite can be the result of uneven teeth, a jaw that is out of proportion or misaligned, or both. Depending on the situation, crooked teeth can be brought into alignment with orthodontic treatment. If you notice your jaw popping a bit too often and you think the alignment of your teeth or jaw is to blame, contact Dr. Lisa P. Howard DDS MS before you have the painful problem of full-blown TMD causing a lifetime of discomfort and unnecessary dental treatment and expense.