TMJ disorder is no trivial matter, and if your jaw suffers from the dysfunction, than there are a plethora of symptoms that can warn you of its presence. Understanding the mechanics behind TMJ disorder, such as its numerous causes and even more numerous symptoms, can help you identify and treat the problem before it results in serious damage to your oral health. Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, tests your knowledge of TMJ disorder with a short quiz below.
1.) What area of your jaw does TMJ disorder affect?
a.) Lower jaw c.) Upper jaw
b.) Jaw joints d.) TMJ disorder doesn’t affect the jaw
2.) Aside from dental discomfort, what other symptoms can indicate TMJ disorder?
a.) Headaches c.) Neck pain
b.) Earaches d.) All of the above
3.) TMJ disorder is incurable.
1.) Jaw joints—TMJ stands for temporomandibular joints, which are the two joints located in front of each ear that connect your lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bones in your skull.
2.) All of the above—The nerve that passes through your jaw is just one of three branches of the trigeminal nerve. When jaw discomfort disturbs the nerve, the pain can be transferred along the rest of the nerve’s branches, which innervate the majority of your head, neck, and other craniofacial structures.
3.) False—Because TMJ disorder has a wide range of symptoms, diagnosing the condition is often difficult. However, once discovered, TMJ disorder can usually be treated by correcting its underlying condition, such as a crooked bite or habitual teeth-grinding.
Learn More About TMJ Disorder from Your Ft. Worth Orthodontist
To learn more about the intricacies of TMJ disorder, or to seek treatment for an imbalanced bite, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846 and schedule a consultation with your Ft. Worth orthodontist. Located in the 76179 area, we proudly serve families from Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, Ft. Worth, and all surrounding communities.