Relief from Chronic Pain with TMJ Therapy
You might not consider visiting an orthodontist to cure your chronic headaches, but often, the discomfort can stem from bite misalignment. Recurring headaches, jaw pain, and more can stem from an imbalance in your jaw’s joints and muscles, a condition known as TMJ disorder. When your teeth and/or jaw are not properly aligned, your jaw joints and muscles have to work harder, which can lead to damage and inflammation in the joints. Through a combination of orthodontic treatment and oral splint therapy, Ciro Cabal, DDS, MS can help you restore your bite’s harmony and alleviate chronic discomfort by addressing the causes of your TMJ disorder.
What Is TMJ Disorder?
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and describes the two joints upon which your lower jaw hinges. TMJ disorder describes a dysfunction (such as an imbalance) in one or both of those joints, and is often the cause of symptoms of such as:
- Untreatable headaches/migraines
- Difficulty biting and chewing
- Popping/clicking jaw
- Chronic earaches
- Uncontrollable teeth-grinding (bruxism)
- And more
What Is TMJ Therapy?
For many patients who experience TMJ disorder, Ciro Cabal, DDS, MS can recommend oral splint therapy to reposition the jaw, allowing the joints to heal and fall back into proper position. This not only relieves the pain associated with TMJ disorder, but also helps you avoid more serious dental issues in the future, such as excessively worn teeth. An oral splint is custom-designed to specifically fit the curvature of your jaw, and will be crafted according to highly precise digital impressions of your teeth and gums.