About a year ago, my jaw popped. It was like a joint popping, like your knuckles or fingers ... but hurt at the time. it was EXPLOSIVE. I popped it a couple of more times like that in the matter of a week or so ... and only succeeded in displacing the disc in my left TMJ. Yay. I recently rubbed those TMJ joints, trying to figure out what exactly was making the clicking sound (I didn't know much about TMJ at that time), and inflammed my TMJ joint. I spent the week trying to not open my mouth much and let my joints heal. Once my right TMJ joint (the one with the displaced disc) settled down, I was driving home from a movie and casually popped the LEFT TMJ. It wasn't an explosive pop, but was certainly a pop, and that joint was sore afterwards. That was last night. I'm currently terrified that I'm on the verge of displacing my left TMJ disc, and I'm wanting to know if anyone has any kind of information of trying to avoid disc displacement or popping of the jaw joint! Please help!
I also have TMJ. It always feels like if I open my jaw a little bit wider it will break, it's really annoying and painful for me. I first noticed it during surgery. It was a 8 hour case and I was chewing gum. After the surgery was over I felt like my jaw was stuck in one position. I couldn't close my mouth or open it wider then what it already was. It was scarey and painful at the same time. My point is it only feels worse when I sing for along time or chew gum for along time. So I dont do it anymore. Maybe if you could find out what your doing thats making it worse then you can stop. Hope this helps.
I had no clue! I would wake up with my teeth aching, I would even dream that they were falling out, my jaw sore, oh and chewing gum really aggravates it. I'm told that they think a childhood trauma brought it on, I can't think exactly what was that devasting to me??? But my b/f said I grind every night, if I forget my plate, he wakes me up to put it in, because I wake him up with the grinding. The bite plate really helps.... I even had broke off a small pc of a front tooth and had to get my teeth filed down to be straight again... My bottom teeth are cracked, all caused from grinding.
My orthodontist just told me I have the same kind of disc displacement. She told me to just move my lower jaw side to side and try to fix it that way.. Maybe that'll help you...
It can be caused by excessive gum chewing, grinding teeth, or problems in the way your teeth fit together/bite..
Haha.. ya I realize it's been a long time since your post was put up, but, I found it by googling TMJ to learn more about it.
I would actually advise against that now. If your displaced disc doesn't HURT, don't touch it with a 10 foot pole. I've hence made my WAY worst by constantly poking, prodding, and forcibly "clicking" it. Right now I'm at a state where I'm managable and if I treat it right, I can go throughout my days without pain and live like a normal human being, but just DON'T touch it! There's no fixing a displaced disc (well at least no fixing it without surgery, and surgery almost always makes the pain worse). So just be happy your jaw still works without pain and go on your merry way. Treat it right, don't fiddle with it!