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My jaw clicks when I eat: what does it mean?

14 June 2019 11:56

Picture the scene: your server sets down a piping hot dish of your favourite food and you’re ready to take a big bite! But as you open your mouth to indulge in your hard-earned dinner, suddenly your jaw clicks. Ouch. But what does this mean? Is it harmful? Should you be worried?

If your jaw is clicking when you eat or speak, it could be many different things – most of them harmless. However, if it’s persistent and comes with pain, then there’s a chance it could be TMJ Disorder.

Holford Partners Curaden is a London-based dental practice whose reputation for high standards and personal attention to detail has earned them recognition as the Best Dental Practice in the UK. Here, they give us a quick rundown on TMJ Disorder and its symptoms.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ Disorder) is characterised by restricted jaw movement and pain, plus recurring headaches or changes in the way your teeth come together. A painful ‘popping’ can be a warning, although a slight clicking isn’t always an indication of something that needs treatment. It’s useful to be aware of the difference!

The temporomandibular joint is one of the most complex in your body, allowing you the range of motion needed to speak, yawn and chew food. Trauma, stress (clenching), dislocation, or a displaced disc can all contribute to an audible jaw disorder, but the exact cause of TMJ Disorder is often unknown. If you think you may have it, the first thing to do is to speak to your dentist who will be able to offer a suitable course of treatment.

Cases of TMJ Disorder are usually temporary in nature so conservative, nonsurgical treatments are advised. Good oral health and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and check-ups can help to prevent symptoms of TMJ Disorder.



Holford Partners Curaden is the longest established dental practice in London, and one of the most celebrated.Holford Curaden Dental Clinic Waiting Area

Founded in the 1860’s and continued by three generations of Holfords, their reputation for high standards and personal attention to detail has earned them recognition as the Best Dental Practice in the UK by The Parliamentary Review 2019 – an award signed off by the Prime Minister herself.

Holford Partners Curaden’s full range of innovative dentistry and dental care services include: Preventative Care, Dental HygieneGeneral DentistryOral SurgeryPeriodonticsEndodonticsDental Prosthetics and Orthodontics – a full service dental spot that caters to everyone’s needs.

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