Unfortunately, many people live with chronic pain. While some may have never tried to seek help, there are a lot of people that cannot find the right solution for their pain. TMJ disorder is a condition affecting the joints (temporomandibular) of the jaw. It is often caused by misalignment, which can lead to undue stress and strain on the joints. Those living with this disorder may feel chronic headaches, constant pain in their cheeks, jaw, neck, or shoulders, a clicking or popping of the jaw, or painful lockjaw, where the jaw cannot move. Symptoms vary from person to person and can range from mild discomfort to excruciating pain. The first step to finding relief is assessing whether or not you are suffering from TMJ disorder. If so, your orthodontist in Fort Worth, TX, may recommend oral split therapy.
Assessing Your Jaw’s Alignment
Advances in technology have made it possible to produce high-quality digital images of your teeth, bite, and jaw. To determine your situation, your orthodontist can analyze your jaw to see if a problem becomes clear. The dimensions gathered by a digital reading can be used to create your oral splint. Digital technology can provide precise measurements and a better understanding of your unique condition.
Using an Oral Splint
An oral splint is used in order to help keep your jaw joints in proper alignment. By repositioning the way your jaw rests, the oral splint will allow the joints to fall back into proper position, feel less strained, and begin to heal. Ultimately, it can begin to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorder. Because TMJ disorder can lead to bruxism (the grinding of the teeth), treating it can help you to avoid the negative long-term effects of teeth-grinding. These effects can include tooth decay, tooth damage, tooth sensitivity, and more.
Is your chronic pain related to TMJ disorder?
Talk to Dr. Cabal if you have chronic headaches or pain in your jaw, face, neck, shoulders,etc. 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.