| | My Problem
I have a problem, and I 'm not sure if it's going to escalate into something serious or not. Since childhood I've always had the ability to 'pop' my jaw, like one would perhaps pop their knuckles. Little did I know I was screwing up my jaw joints. After doing it a number of times, I've been experiencing slight symptoms of a tmj problem.
I haven't experienced any severe pain so far. All I've been experiencing is the 'cracking' sound of the jaw joints, ear stuffiness and muscle twitches.
I'm wondering if it is inevitable that this will get worse. The jaw doesn't normally 'crack' if I normally open my mouth. It only happens if I open it so far or if I move it in an abnormal direction. I've seen a local dentist who has an interest in tmj and he just said for me to take precautions. There's no specialist where I live (St. John's Newfoundland).
Like I said, no pain so far except for the slight headache and muscle twitching. Is it inevitable that this will get worse?
Thanks for any advice.