Many patients have popping or clicking of the jaw or even “lock jaw”—when the jaw gets stuck in an open position. These symptoms correlate with the joint of the lower jaw that is located in front of your ears. The joint consists of a disk between two bones. If the disk suddenly moves between the bones a popping sound occurs. This can be treated by wearing a splint or “night guard”. These appliances stop excessive wear of the teeth and/or damage of the joint. A simple appliance is often needed during high-stress times of life.
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