When it comes to treating TMJ disorders, our dentist and team make every effort to provide you with the most conservative and noninvasive treatments possible. Once your bite has been altered, it can be extremely difficult to reverse the treatment or alter it again. For this reason, oral appliance therapy is often an excellent approach to treating TMJ problems. Also known as splint therapy, this type of treatment is designed to hold your jaw in a more comfortable resting position to reduce stress and relieve discomfort. This type of treatment does not cause permanent changes to your bite and may be used as a short-term treatment or a long-term solution, depending on your needs.
We strongly recommend that you schedule a consultation with our dentist if you believe that you may have a TMJ disorder. By receiving treatment sooner, you can prevent a number of problems for your oral health and function as well as improving your overall quality of life. Symptoms of TMJ disorders include:
- Pain or difficulty moving your jaw
- A locked or stuck jaw
- Clicking, popping or grinding sounds when moving your jaw
- Headaches or migraines
- Pain in the neck, shoulders or ears
Benefits of treating TMJ disorders include:
- Eliminating daily headaches
- Alleviating jaw pain
- Preventing teeth grinding
- Preventing tooth damage
- Improving your breathing
- Changing your appearance
Oral appliances for TMJ disorders are available for both nighttime use as well as during the day. Our dentist and team will evaluate your bite to determine which type of oral appliance will be most beneficial to you, and we will continue to monitor your jaw and TMJ problems to ensure that you are continuing to benefit from this type of treatment.
For more information about oral appliance therapy for TMJ and to make your appointment, call our office today.