FAQs: Do I Need TMJ Therapy?


TMJ disorder, also known as TMD, affects over ten million people in the United States. The symptoms can be very uncomfortable and the disorder may eventually make opening and closing the mouth difficult. However, we can offer treatment for this common oral health problem. Do you need TMJ therapy?

Frequently Asked Questions About TMJ Therapy in Fort Worth, TX

Question: What causes TMJ Disorder?

Answer: The disorder develops when the jaw joints undergo excessive amounts of stress. When this occurs, patients may experience discomfort when eating or speaking. Common causes of strain include injury, malocclusion, tooth loss, or bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching).

Question: Do I need treatment?

Answer: If you experience one or more of the common symptoms then you may benefit from treatment. Common warning signs include headaches, jaw pain, facial discomfort, neck/shoulder aches, earaches, popping or clicking in the jaw, or tooth sensitivity/aches.

Question: What is TMJ Therapy?

Answer: With TMJ Therapy we use oral splints to ease symptoms. Similar in appearance to a nightguard, the device is worn during sleep. The appliance repositions the jaw, relieving strain and reducing symptoms. In addition, you may need to perform simple muscle exercises a few times daily or apply a warm compress to the side of the face to ease tension. We also suggest avoiding hard or chewy foods, as the repetitive actions needed to eat the food can exacerbate symptoms.

Question: Will orthodontics help?

Answer: In many cases, misalignment can place stress on the jaw joints. Correcting alignment issues with orthodontic treatment can often reduce symptoms of both TMD and bruxism. If you have any questions, please contact our office today for more information or a diagnosis. We can ease the discomfort related to TMD issues.


Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist, whose lifelong passion for providing exceptional dental care continues to this day as he serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment or to discuss your orthodontic options contact your Ft. Worth orthodontist office, or call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.