Jaw popping or TMJ
What jaw popping or TMJ feels like: Teeth grinding while sleeping, ear pain, popping or clicking when opening your mouth, headaches
Possible causes of jaw discomfort: Toothache, TMJ (a jaw joint and muscle disorder), dislocation or injury of the jaw
Tips to help relieve jaw popping or TMJ:
Talk to your healthcare professional. They can find the source of your pain and determine the best treatment for you
Try gentle jaw stretching exercises or physical therapy
Pain management for different types of tooth pain
Get your pain reliever dose right. Why?
If you take more medicine than the label says, you may increase your chance of serious side effects. To use OTC pain relievers safely:
Take the dose directed on the label
Wait the right amount of time between doses
Don’t take more than the daily limit
If your pain lasts for more than 10 days, stop taking the medicine and see your dentist
Remember, it’s important to identify the cause of your tooth pain. Only a dental professional can do this.
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