TMJ splint therapy

tmj splint therapy

What is Splint Therapy?

TMJ splint therapy can be an effective treatment for TMJ disorders. A splint is a device that is worn over the teeth to help protect the joint and minimize movement. Splints can be custom-made or over-the-counter.

Your doctor may recommend splint therapy if you have been diagnosed with a TMJ disorder and other treatments, such as pain medication or bite adjustment, have not been successful.

The goal of splint therapy is to reduce stress on the TMJ and allow the joint to heal. In some cases, splint therapy may be recommended for long-term use.

Splint therapy usually involves wearing a splint for several weeks or months. During this time, you may need to see your doctor for regular checkups to ensure that the splint is fitting properly and that your TMJ disorder is improving.

If you are considering splint therapy for treatment of a TMJ disorder, talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits. Splint therapy is generally safe, but there are a few potential risks, such as irritation of the gums or teeth.

What causes joint pain?

Joint pain can be caused by many factors, such as jaw injuries, arthritis, excessive grinding or clenching of your teeth. During the examination, a series of tests are done to better diagnose your condition and look for signs of teeth grinding.

What is the joint treatment procedure like?

In most cases, a customized night guard is designed and several exercises are recommended for the reposition of your jaw and relieving the pain. If your pain is more severe, further treatment options can be discussed.

How can I prevent joint pain?

If you know that you have a tendency to grind your teeth at night, our clinic can gladly assist you. We recommend that you avoid excessive chewing gum and consuming hard-to-chew foods.