TMJ (Tempro-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction)
TMJ Pain Relief in Berwyn, PAAt Chesterbrook Dental Associates, we are committed to relieving many kinds of dental pain. We offer solutions that are the least intrusive and provide the most effective results for our patients. The temporomandibular joints (TMJ), connects and operates your upper and lower jaw. This joint can experience a variety of conditions that affect the jaw muscles and facial nerves. Dr. Kurt Meyers, Dr. Jack Fitzgerald have had great success with their Berwyn area TMJ patients by using simple, non-invasive splint therapy.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
- Clicking or Discomfort When Opening Jaw
- Limited Range of Jaw Motion
- Headaches and Neck Pain
- Jaw Getting Stuck (Lockjaw)
Teeth grinding is a common cause of TMJ disorder. Sometimes this happens in the middle of the night while sleeping.
What is Splint Therapy?Splints or oral appliances include mouth guards, night guards and bite plates. These are typically made of hard or soft plastic and can be worn on the upper or bottom teeth, depending on your circumstances.
Types of SplintsThere are essentially two types of splints; stabilization splits and repositioning splints. Stabilization splints are used to prevent clenching. Repositioning splints are used to realign by pulling the lower jaw forward. These are typically worn 24 hours a day.
How Splint Therapy Works
The splint is used to allow the muscles and ligaments in your jaw to relax. The splint alleviates muscle tension that bruxism (teeth-grinding or clenching) and other jaw problems may cause. If bruxism is causing wear and damage, splints can also protect your teeth from further damage.
If your bite is off, the splint will adjust the entire bite for a more optimal position and alleviate your muscles, allowing them to rest.
Call Today to Learn More about alleviating your TMJ Pain in Berwyn, PA
It’s always good to have Dr. Meyers or Dr. Fitzgerald examine at your bite and the wear on your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for splint therapy.
For current patients experiencing symptoms of TMD, feel free to ask about this at your next cleaning and check-up. For new patients, call us today to set up a consultation. Our goal is to make sure you are pain-free, and splint therapy is just one simple solution we can look into for you.