A TMJ splint is also designed to help protect your teeth, jaw joint, and muscles. Splints support and stabilize the joints and muscles to prevent your teeth from positioning incorrectly when your jaw is closed, also known as malocclusion. Splints provide more vertical support than a night guard and are intended to move your lower jaw into a more natural position to help reduce headaches and pain.
Depending on your needs, Dr. Klayman may recommend a permissive or nonpermissive splint. Permissive splints are the most common type, allowing the muscles to seat the jaw joints in their sockets to prevent joint disharmony and achieve a more balanced resting state. Nonpermissive splints are designed with ramps or indentations that limit movement to prevent full seating of your jaw and position the jawbone forward when your mouth is closed. This helps condition your jaw into a more comfortable and natural position.