Your jaw is capable of generating up to 200 pounds of pressure on the back molars; however, this does not mean your teeth are invincible. Over time, if excessive amounts of pressure is applied to your teeth through biting or chewing, it can lead to the wearing down of tooth enamel, along with complications with your dental health. These complications may include chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, along with issues with the Temporomandibular joint, or TMJs. These are the hinges that provide your lower jaw with the ability to move, and if they become damaged, further dental issues may arise. These issues are collectively known as TMJ disorder and will require professional treatment.
Common Causes of TMJ Disorder
There are a few factors that may lead to the development of TMJ disorder, for instance, a common cause is the habitual grinding of your teeth. Over time, habitual teeth grinding can lead to tooth enamel becoming worn down, leading to an increase in tooth sensitivity, along with sore or tight jaw muscles, and may cause a slight but constant headache. Other factors that can lead to the development of TMJ disorder include:
- High stress levels throughout the day
- A crooked or misaligned bite (malocclusion)
- Chewing on objects that aren’t food
How To Detect TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder is a condition that may occur subconsciously, causing the patient to be unaware of the occurrence. If you are unaware if you suffer from TMJ disorder, there multiple symptoms that point to the disorder and will allow you to seek proper treatment. For instance, a common sign of the complication is a popping or clicking noise when opening or closing your jaw. Other symptoms that point to the occurrence include:
- Persistent headaches or migraines
- Discomfort while eating
- A constant pain or ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
ABOUT YOUR FORT WORTH ORTHODONTIST:
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.