Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can instigate considerable discomfort and upset the functionality of your jaw. Splint therapy is a conventional treatment method utilized to relieve the symptoms related to TMJ disorders. Patients who visit our Burlington, Ontario office see great results from splint therapy offered by Dr. Sam Gupta and the team at Mount Royal Dental.

What is Splint Therapy? 

Splint therapy involves using a custom-made oral appliance, known as a splint or occlusal splint, worn over the teeth to address TMJ-related issues. These appliances are designed to stabilize the jaw, improve bite alignment, and minimize or eliminate symptoms such as jaw pain, clicking or popping sounds, and difficulty chewing.

Types of Splints

There are various types of splints used in TMJ therapy.

  • Stabilization splints: These splints are designed to prevent grinding and clenching of the teeth, providing stability to the jaw joint and reducing muscle tension
  • Repositioning splints: These splints are used to reposition the jaw to a more optimal position, helping to alleviate pain and improve jaw function
  • Anterior repositioning splints: These splints are specifically designed to reposition the lower jaw forward, reducing pressure on the TMJ and relieving symptoms

How Splint Therapy Works

Splints work by providing support and stability to the jaw joint, reducing stress and strain on the surrounding muscles and tissues. By promoting proper alignment of the jaw and preventing harmful habits such as teeth grinding and clenching, splint therapy helps alleviate TMJ-related pain and discomfort.

Benefits of Splint Therapy

  • Pain relief: Splint therapy helps minimize or eliminate headaches, jaw pain, and facial distress related to TMJ disorders
  • Improved jaw function: By stabilizing the jaw joint and promoting proper alignment, splint therapy can improve jaw mobility and chewing ability
  • Prevention of tooth wear: Splints protect the teeth from excessive wear caused by grinding and clenching, reducing the risk of tooth damage and sensitivity
  • Reduction of muscle tension: Splints help relax the muscles surrounding the TMJ, reducing tension and promoting relaxation
  • Minimization of TMJ clicking or popping sounds: Splint therapy can help reduce or eliminate the clicking or popping sounds that occur during jaw movement

To learn more about splint therapy and how it can help with discomfort caused by TMJ disorder, please schedule an appointment with our Burlington, ON, office by calling (905) 581-9912.