Whether you have already received a diagnosis of TMJ disorder or if you are starting to think that your consistent jaw pain may be related to it, it is important to understand what the disorder is. To make it a little bit simpler, we have lined up the ABC’s, the basics if you will, of TMJ disorder. A better understanding of the condition may lead to you receiving important therapy to help you live a life no longer hindered by jaw discomfort and/or chronic headaches.
About TMJ Disorder
TMJ is an acronym that stands for temporomandibular joint, which are the joints on either side of your jaw connecting the top portion to the bottom. These joints allow for your mouth to move in very complex ways. Your TMJ allows movement up and down, side to side, and forward and backward. TMJ disorder encapsulates anything that is wrong with one or both of these joints. The inflammation and discomfort of these joints can lead to pain in the cheeks, jaw, neck, head, temples, and even down to the neck and shoulders. Malfunction with the TMJ can also include a constant clicking or popping sound and even the painful case of lockjaw, where your jaw locks into immobility.
Bruxism and the Link to TMJ
If your jaw joints are not working properly, it can lead to a chronic involuntary grinding of your teeth, known as bruxism. Bruxism can lead to tooth damage and decay. In a chicken or the egg type scenario, bruxism can lead to TMJ disorder by causing undue wear and tear on the jaw joints through consistent grinding and pressure. The root of either of these conditions can sometimes be a misalignment of your bite.
Caring For Your Condition
TMJ therapy may employ a combination of orthodontic treatment and oral splint therapy, which allows for the gentle repositioning of your jaw to ease the pressure on your joints. This can help to alleviate the discomfort that may have been plaguing your daily life.
Do you think TMJ disorder is affecting your smile?
Dr. Cabal can answer your questions about TMJ disorder. To schedule your consultation call Lake Country Orthodontics 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.