Help me avoid hypochondria
January 9, 2014 6:34 PM Subscribe
Recently I've noticed that I often "crack" my jaw, although never with any associated pain (yet). Is this a symptom of TMJ or otherwise something I need to be concerned about? Snowflake details under the cut.
posted by serelliya to Health & Fitness (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I have a tendency to crack my jaw when opening my mouth wide or feeling my back molars with my tongue (which requires shifting my jaw slightly sideways) or just sometimes feeling an unusual tightness. I've never had any associated pain with this action or with my jaw generally, but I do have low-level recurring tooth pain/sensitivity and terrible teeth in general (20+ lifetime fillings, 2 root canals, and I'm only in my early 20s--never any braces though).
Should I be worried about this, or can it wait a few years until I am able to switch dentists / it goes away on its own? YANMD, but I'm currently stuck with a conservative dentist I don't trust--based on previous experiences, he's a good dentist but not ideal for my problematic teeth-- so I'd like to hear from the hivemind.