April 2, 2019

Are you a noisy eater? No I don’t mean chewing with your mouth open. I mean does your jaw make loud noises when you eat? Do people constantly ask you, “Is that your jaw making that noise?!” then this article is for you.

A clicking jaw could be insignificant or it can be an important sign of problems with the jaw that, if untreated, can result in more significant problems such as a locked jaw. So how do you know which it is?

Well, if the clicking is a new thing or if the clicking is painful, worsening, or even already starting to catch/lock, then getting an assessment of the jaw would be a great idea! If your jaw has always made noises for as long as you can remember, and doesn’t bother you, then you can probably get away without having it looked at. That’s not to say that we don’t see people who come in simply because “it’s awkward trying to eat in a quiet restaurant” or “I’m sick of people asking about my jaw when I eat.”

Assessment of the jaw involves examining the biomechanics of the jaw, as well as other things such as your habits, and lifestyle to uncover the root cause of why your jaw is clicking. I liken the jaw to a balanced game of tug-of-war. If the balance is thrown out, then the jaw doesn’t work like it should. From these findings, we can work with you on the best way to go about getting an optimal outcome for your clicky jaw.

How we treat is based on what we find is causing your jaw to click. Most of the time it involves loosening the tight muscles, strengthening the weak muscles and making sure that you are able to coordinate everything together so that your jaw has the best chance it has to talk, chew, eat, yawn, yell, sing, laugh and do what you need to do.

Covid-19 Update 😷

From the 17th December 2021 our clinics will require patients aged 16 years and older to present their vaccination status to admin staff upon arrival. Fully vaccinated patients will continue to be given treatment as normal. 

Unvaccinated patients will only be considered on a case-by-case basis. An unvaccinated patient is anyone that has not had the double dose of vaccination.  Management reserves the right to refuse treatment to unvaccinated patients. If treatment is granted additional measures will be required in order for you to receive treatment. This will include mask wearing in the first instance and may include the provision of a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to the appointment. 

Please let us know in advance of your appointment if you are unvaccinated so we can confirm the measures required for you to attend.

We also encourage patients to limit their time in the clinic waiting room prior to their appointment, therefore if you arrive more than 10 minutes before your appointment, we ask you to wait outside the clinic (preferably in your car). This is to minimise contact time for patients and staff inside the clinic at all times.

These measures will continue to be reviewed as required. In the meantime, we are continuing with all other COVID safe measures and look forward to having you in the clinic to continue your treatment.