How Dental Splints Can Treat TMJ
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull and is responsible for the movement of the jaw. TMJ disorders can cause a wide range of symptoms, including pain, clicking or popping sounds when opening the jaw, and difficulty opening or closing. One treatment option for people suffering from a TMJ disorder is the use of dental splints.
Dental splints, also known as night guards or bite guards, are custom-made devices that are worn over the teeth to help let the jaw realign and relieve pressure on the TMJ. They work by allowing the jaw to reposition, which helps to reduce the tension and strain on the joint!
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Two types of Dental Splints Commonly Used to Treat TMJ Disorders
- Occlusal splints: These splints are worn during the day and night to help reposition the jaw and relieve pressure on the TMJ.
- Night guards: These splints are worn at night to help prevent teeth grinding and clenching. They work by creating a barrier between the upper and lower teeth, which helps to reduce the pressure on the TMJ.
What are Dental Splints?
Dental splints are typically made of an acrylic or plastic material that is comfortable to wear. We custom-make them to fit the patient’s teeth and adjust them as needed to ensure a proper fit.
It’s important to note that dental splints are not a cure for TMJ disorders, but they can provide significant relief of symptoms. They are often used in combination with other treatments such as botox, orthodontics, and restorations, as well as physical therapy, medication, and lifestyle changes.
If you’re experiencing symptoms of TMJ disorder, contact Red Bank Smiles and we will help to determine the cause of your symptoms and recommend the best course of treatment, including dental splints. With the help of dental splints, you may be able to manage your symptoms and enjoy a more comfortable quality of life!
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