I've been having some jaw problems recently and was wondering if I could get some advice. Basically, my jaw pops when I chew and sometimes when I try to open my mouth fully, I can't. Instead, I have to shift my jaw sideways before I can fully extend my jaw.
I have no idea what could have set this off. I know I grind my teeth, eat gum, chew ice, etc. However, I've done that forever and this has only become a problem in the last two weeks or so.
My question is, does this sound like anyone's experience with early TMJ? Or am I just worrying over nothing? Also, if this does sound like TMJ, what should I do from here? Given the relatively light state of this problem, it seems like a doctor would probably just dismiss it. Any advice would be appreciated, thank you.