FAQ: TMJ Disorder

FAQ: TMJ DisorderStudies show that approximately 10 and 12 million people in the United States suffer from a common oral health issue known as TMJ disorder. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder is caused by pressure on the jaw joints that can eventually lead to problems fully opening and closing your mouth. TMJ disorder can be treated using oral splint therapy or orthodontics. 

Question: What Causes TMJ Disorder?

Answer: The temporomandibular joint is the hinge of your jaw that controls the motions necessary to eat and speak. TMJ disorder is often caused by excessive strain on the jaw joints created from misalignment of your bite, bruxism, etc.  Without treatment, the disorder can lead to problems like the inability to fully open and close your mouth, chronic headaches, pain, jaw popping, and more.

Question: When Should I Seek Treatment?

Answer: Common symptoms of TMJ disorder include soreness in the face or jaw or even neck, a popping or clicking frequently in the jaw, and persistent headaches. Sensitivity teeth could be caused by grinding your teeth, which could be a symptom of TMJ disorder. If you notice one or more of these warning signs then you should make an appointment as soon as possible. Early treatment can off set some of the potential pain and problems.

Question: What is the Treatment for TMJ Disorder?

Answer: Oral splint therapy is commonly used to treat TMD. It involves a custom-made oral appliance that looks and fits like a mouth guard. The device is designed to reposition the jaw to ease tension and curb symptoms.

Question: How Does Orthodontics Help?

Answer: Misalignment is often a main contributing factor behind the onset of TMD. Orthodontics can be used to correct the smile, easing strain on the jaw joints. Correcting a misaligned bite can help ease other problems that could be caused by misalignment and/or malocclusion.

Do you have questions about your TMJ?

Dr. Cabal can talk to you about TMJ disorder. Schedule a consultation by calling our office today at (817) 236-7846. Located in Ft. Worth, TX, our office proudly serves patients who live in White Settlement, North Ft. Worth, Springtown, Rome, Haslet, Azle, Saginaw, and all surrounding communities.