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An Introduction to Splint Therapy for TMD

March 26, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — sleepsnoringtmj @ 2:36 pm
Close-up of woman holding splint for TMJ therapy

If you suffer from persistent jaw pain, teeth grinding, headaches, and related symptoms, it is possible that you have TMJ disorder (TMD). This condition, which afflicts the jaw joints located directly in front of your ears (called the temporomandibular joints or TMJs), can have a serious impact on your daily quality of life. What can help you find relief? You might be a candidate for splint therapy. What is splint therapy, and how does it work? This blog post explains.

What Is Splint Therapy?

There are a number of options for treating TMD, but splint therapy is one of the most common because it is both conservative and effective. Basically, all you have to do is wear a customized splint (which resembles a mouthguard) according to your care provider’s instructions.

There are two types of splints:

  • A stabilization splint keeps the jaw in its proper place during sleep. It prevents teeth grinding and clenching, which is a common contributor to TMJ pain.
  • A repositioning splint trains your lower jaw to rest in a different position. This can relieve pressure on your TMJs and reduce stress on the surrounding muscles.

Benefits of Splint Therapy

Some outstanding benefits of splint therapy include:

  • Customization. Each splint is custom-made for the patient who will wear it, meaning you can expect good results.
  • Conservative. Surgery and other invasive procedures should always be considered a last resort for TMJ therapy. Splint therapy is completely non-invasive and very low-risk.
  • Protect your teeth. By preventing teeth grinding, a stabilization splint can reduce wear on your teeth and delay or prevent the onset of serious dental health problems.
  • More than a pain relief method. Splint therapy seeks to do more than just manage pain. Its goal is to address the cause of the problem and provide long-lasting relief.

Who Should Use Splint Therapy?

Splint therapy is suitable for many people who struggle with symptoms of TMD. However, it is important to remember that TMD is a complex condition, and there is no “one size fits all” treatment. A qualified dental professional should thoroughly assess the state of your jaw and teeth before recommending your next steps. They may inform you that splint therapy is a good option, or they may guide you in a different direction.

Splint therapy offers a simple way to fight back against TMD! Ask a qualified dentist if it is right for you.

Meet the Practice

Dr. Mitch Conditt is a dentist with decades of experience. In recent times, he has focused exclusively on serving patients who struggle with TMJ issues and sleep apnea. His intimate knowledge of the jaw and upper airway makes him uniquely qualified to help patients find relief. To learn more about Dr. Conditt and how our team may be able to assist you, contact Fort Worth Snoring & Sleep Center at 817-527-8500.

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