Why do I get frequent head or neck aches and hear a click when I open my mouth?
You may share a common problem with many other people who have TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). There is a complex system of ligaments, muscles, and bones that, if not allowed to work together properly, can result in pain around the jaw and ear, tenderness, clicking or popping when you open your mouth, a sensation that the jaw is sticking or locked, and certain types of neck and headaches.
Your dentist can determine the cause and recommend treatment appropriate for you. Treatment often includes an occlusal guard, which is an appliance you wear while sleeping. It fits on your upper or lower teeth and relieves the muscular spasms associated with this disorder.