Additional info, added Tuesday February 15 2005, 1:24 am: Ill Rate you a 5 if its good info! . Want to answer more questions in the Health & Fitness category? Maybe give some free advice about: Health? brown23 answered Tuesday February 15 2005, 9:30 pm: The muscles that control your jaws usually work in harmony, allowing you to open and close your mouth smoothly—and silently.But if the muscles are tired or overworked, or if you're chewing on a tough steak, they won't pull together evenly. If any pain starts because of this, you should see a docter. Also, the reason you can hear it so loudly and annoying is because the jaw muscles are right next to your ear.
selectopaque answered Tuesday February 15 2005, 2:33 pm: I read the other answers, and a few people gave good advice about TMJ. I had it when I was younger, and yes, it's partly caused by clenching your jaw at night.
I went to a physical therapist to get it fixed, so he taught me actual exercises to do in order to help it, so I have some new information to give you about this.
First, in order to stop clenching your teeth, you need to get used to get used to closing your mouth without closing your back teeth. I never had to use a mouth guard or a retainer, I just did these exercises.
Here is it:
Push your tongue on the roof of your mouth, above your back teeth. Just push up once in a while, and close your front teeth together.
Hold that position, and you'll eventually get used to closing your mouth that way, instead of closing your back teeth together. This will help you to not grind your teeth together at night, and will rest your temporal mandibular joint at night.
Now, stop slouching. Your spine goes all the way up to your TMJ joint, and every time you slouch it is putting pressure on your joint.
next, stop chewing gum, or eating any hard or chewy thing that makes you use your TMJ joint hard. Basically, if your jaw is clicking, don't eat it!
Now, twice a day, you should be laying down and putting a heating pad on each side of your face for thiry minutes. This will heat up the insides of your joint and make them more plyable. While you are heating the side of your face, you should slowly open and close your mouth until it hurts or clicks. The key is to do this day after day until eventually your jaw doesn't click, and it doesn't hurt at all, and you can open your mouth as far as humanly possible.
Karen answered Tuesday February 15 2005, 2:29 am: I have the same problem as you do, except that when I wake up in the morning, my jaw clicks and it sometimes hurts, which is a bad thing. You really can't stop this because it just happens out of the ordinary and it shouldn't happen. Try going and talking to a doctor and maybe he or she can tell you where to go to get this checked out. I don't think your wisdom teeth are causing this. Just try not to move your jaw around that much. I know this isn't much but you should really see a doctor about this. Hope I helped :)
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sunshine1232 answered Tuesday February 15 2005, 2:20 am: well don't be alarmed i have the same problem i don't think you could stop the problem it starts out of no where i would go see your regular doctor don't go to the hospital it's not an emergency i don't know why it happens but i wouldn't get scared got see your regular doctor maybe he or she can tell why it happens and if there is a way to stop it. [ sunshine1232's advice column | Ask sunshine1232 A Question ]
bucsbaby6969 answered Tuesday February 15 2005, 2:04 am: It might be your wisdom teeth, they might need to be removed, thats why mine did, but your dentist would be the good person to ask this or your orthodontist since there expertice is teeth and jaws and gums. good luck hun [ bucsbaby6969's advice column | Ask bucsbaby6969 A Question ]
xoxlilshortyxox answered Tuesday February 15 2005, 1:58 am: My jaw cracks all the time and I asked my orthodontist about it and he says its nothing to worry about. But I don't know about you, you should talk to your orthodontist/dentist .It may also happen to me because I have a jaw expander.
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Wowitzbrit answered Tuesday February 15 2005, 1:38 am: LOL i know this sounds stupid but it might be lock jaw. Some place near your ears there is a hinge where everything is connected and if its out of place it pops and clicks. Sometimes if it gets really bad you can't close your mouth all the way. Your jaw is like dislocated. I get it sometimes but it's not that bad, and it goes away in a few days, there's nothing you can do.
KaTiE_LyNn answered Tuesday February 15 2005, 1:30 am: it`s probably TMJ. maybe you clench your teeth when you sleep. i suggest going to an orthodontist. my sister has TMJ and they gave her a mouthpiece to wear at night, so she doesn`t have problems with it anymore.
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Moop answered Tuesday February 15 2005, 1:29 am: you should probably immediately see a doctor/dentist. Jaw "clicking" is an early sign of TMJ which I had and it's not cool to be in the middle of an attack. When you have TMJ, grinding your teeth at night causes your jaw muscles to clench up and become horribly sore. Because of this you can't exactly open your mouth. It's terrible. When you go to a doctor/dentist he/she will probably fit you for a retainer to wear at night until your stress (which is a major trigger) calms down.
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