Symptoms of jaw cracking, also known as "jaw popping," include pain, tenderness, and restricted mouth opening, as described by Healthline.
This popping sound is caused by a normal occurrence brought on by a hyperextended lower jaw, and is more accurately described as a subluxation.
Depending on the root cause, there may be different ways to treat a clicking jaw. However, there are some treatments you can do at home to help ease the pain.
To either strengthen or relax the jaw, Healthline recommends massaging or gentle stretching. In addition, applying a warm or cold compress to the jaw.
Before applying the compress to your face for 10 minutes, be sure to wrap it in a towel to avoid direct skin contact. Additionally, over-the-counter pain relievers can be used.
To help prevent this from happening every day, you should try to stay away from foods that are particularly chewy or hard.
You'll also want to minimize any physical actions that could overstretch your jaws, such as shouting or singing.
Finally, Meyer Dental Group recommends paying attention to your posture. Regularly maintaining correct posture can alleviate pain in the neck, face, and jaw.
While jaw cracking is typically temporary, you should seek medical attention if the sound or pain persists or worsens.