When your jaw joints are misaligned or not working properly, the resulting pain and discomfort can extend far past your teeth. There are many reasons why you should treat TMJ disorder: Problems with your TMJ can extend throughout your body, causing pain in your head, shoulders, and back, in addition to jaw pain and soreness. If you ignore these signs of TMJ disorder, the condition and discomfort only worsens. If you address your TMJ disorder through orthodontic treatment and TMJ therapy, your persistent migraines and body aches could be gone for good.
What is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ is an abbreviation for “temporomandibular joints,” which are the jaw joints that act as small hinges connecting the jaw and skull. You have two TMJs, one on each side of your jaw. TMJ disorder, sometimes casually referred to simply as TMJ, is pain and compromised movement of the jaw bone and muscles, often caused by misalignment.
What Causes TMJ Disorder?
There are many causes of jaw joint misalignment, including the following:
- teeth grinding
- jaw injury
- bad posture
- nail biting
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
One of the most noticeable symptoms of TMJ disorder is jaw pain or soreness. This discomfort can extend to surrounding areas of your body. When your joints are misaligned, the muscles surrounding these joints must work even harder, which results in nerve irritation, muscle fatigue and soreness. Headaches, migraines, earaches, and pain in the neck, shoulders, and lower back can all be signs of TMJ disorder.
Why You Should Treat TMJ Disorder
- Reduce neck, shoulder and back pain
- Treat recurring migraines
- Reduce headaches
- Address jaw soreness
- Prevent bruxism, also known as teeth grinding
How to Treat TMJ Disorder
TMJ disorder can be treated with non-surgical oral splint treatment. Using splint technology, an orthodontist is able to reposition the jaw to its proper place. By fixing the misalignment, the dysfunction of the joints is addressed and symptoms subside.
ABOUT YOUR FT. WORTH, TX, ORTHODONTIST:
Dr. Ciro Cabal and the team at Lake Country Orthodontics serve adults, teens, and children from White Settlement, North Fort Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and surrounding Texas communities. To schedule a consultation for you or your child, call our Ft. Worth, TX, office today at (817) 236-7846.