Jaw pain can consist of constant throbbing pain in your jaw and cheeks. Pain from your jaw can even reach to your temples, neck, and down to your shoulders. These pains can also be accompanied with frequent headaches. These types of chronic pain could be a sign that you may have a condition known as TMJ disorder. TMJ is an acronym for the temporomandibular joint, which is the joint like a hinge that connects the upper and lower parts of your jaw. The TMJ is one of the most complex joints in your entire body because it has the abilities to move forward, backward, up, down, and side to side.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
Malocclusion, which is the misalignment of teeth, can lead to the overwear of your jaw that can lead to TMJ disorder. Bruxism, the grinding of your teeth, can also lead to the excess wear of your jaw joint. Conversely, TMJ disorder can also cause you to grind your teeth. The excessive wear and tear on the jaw bone, muscles, and joint can lead to TMJ disorder. One of the largest cranial nerves in your body also can be affected by too much pressure on your jaw. This large nerve is called the trigenimal nerve. Pressure on the trigenimal nerve can lead to the chronic and often unyielding pain that you may be experiencing. In addition to pain, TMJ disorder may cause the popping of the jaw, lockjaw, and trouble opening and closing your mouth. Lockjaw is the condition where your jaw gets locked into one place; it can be quite painful.
Is There Treatment?
Oral splint therapy can be one effective way to treat TMJ disorder. Through oral splint therapy, your orthodontist can gently re-position your jaw in an effort to better support the temporomandibular joint. A better positioning of your jaw can help to relieve the chronic pain. Restoring the TMJ to its ideal position can make biting and chewing more comfortable. Splint therapy can also help to reduce bruxism, which can prevent excessive wear on your teeth and gums.
Does your jaw hurt often?
Treating TMJ disorder can help relieve pain in your jaw. To schedule a consultation, call Lake Country Orthodontics in Ft. Worth, TX, at (817) 236-7846. We serve adults, teens, and children from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities.