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Splint Therapy for TMJ in Poway, CA

At Midland Orthodontics, we are pleased to offer splint therapy as part of our comprehensive orthodontic services. If you are experiencing symptoms related to TMJ/TMD, splint therapy can provide effective treatment. TMJ/TMD treatment requires a collaborative approach, and we encourage open communication with our patients throughout the entire process to ensure you achieve the results you are looking for.

What is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. It allows for the smooth movement of your jaw, enabling you to speak, chew, and yawn. However, when problems arise with the jaw joint and surrounding muscles can lead to a condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). It can result from various factors, including jaw misalignment, trauma to the jaw joint, teeth grinding or clenching, stress, arthritis, and other underlying conditions.

What is Splint Therapy for TMJ?

Splint Therapy is a specialized treatment option for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). It involves using oral splints, orthotic appliances, or mouthguards to help alleviate TMJ/TMD symptoms and promote jaw joint stability.

Splints used in Splint Therapy are custom-made to fit comfortably over the upper or lower teeth, depending on the specific needs of the patient. They are typically made from a durable and comfortable acrylic material.

Splint Therapy aims to reposition and stabilize the jaw joint, providing support and allowing the muscles and tissues surrounding the joint to relax. By reducing the stress on the temporomandibular joint, splints can alleviate pain, discomfort, and other symptoms associated with TMD.

Common Symptoms of TMD

  • Jaw Pain: Persistent or recurring pain in the jaw joint area is one of the hallmark symptoms of TMD. This pain may be dull or sharp, and it can occur on one or both sides of the face. 
  • Facial Pain: TMD can cause facial pain, which may be localized or spread across the face. The pain may be experienced in the temples, cheeks, or even around the eyes.
  • Headaches: Chronic headaches, including tension or migraines, are common in individuals with TMD.
  • Earaches: TMD can cause earaches, which may be mistaken for ear infections.
  • Jaw Clicking or Popping: Clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening or closing the mouth can indicate TMD.
  • Difficulty Opening or Closing the Mouth: TMD can make it challenging to open or close the mouth fully. You may experience stiffness or limited movement in the jaw joint, making it uncomfortable to eat, speak, or yawn.
  • Chewing Difficulties: TMD can cause discomfort and difficulty while chewing or biting. This can lead to avoidance of certain foods or altered eating habits.

Types of Splint Therapy

Stabilization Splints

Stabilization splints, also known as stabilization orthotics or full-coverage splints, are among the most commonly used splints in TMJ therapy. These splints cover either the upper or lower teeth and are designed to provide stability and support to the jaw joint.

Anterior Bite Plane

Anterior bite plane splints, anterior deprogramming splints, or anterior flat plane splints are designed to reposition the jaw to a more favorable alignment. These splints cover the front teeth and separate the upper and lower jaws.

Repositioning Splints

Repositioning splints, also referred to as mandibular repositioning splints, are designed to reposition the lower jaw to a more favorable position. These splints typically cover the upper and lower teeth and are customized to guide the lower jaw into a more optimal alignment. 

Benefits of TMJ Splint Therapy

TMJ splint therapy offers a range of benefits for individuals with TMD, providing symptom relief, improving jaw joint function, preventing teeth grinding, and promoting overall well-being.

  • Relief from Jaw Pain
  • Improved Jaw Joint Function
  • Increased Jaw Mobility
  • Relief from Headaches and Facial Discomfort
  • Potential Prevention of Teeth Grinding and Clenching
  • Enhanced Quality of Sleep and Overall Well-being

Cost of Splint Therapy

The cost of Splint Therapy can vary depending on several factors. The complexity of your specific TMJ condition and the recommended treatment plan can impact the cost and the type of splint used. 

It’s important to note that insurance coverage for Splint Therapy may vary depending on your specific insurance plan. Some insurance plans may cover some of the cost, while others may not. To get a personalized cost estimate for your specific situation, we encourage you to contact Midland Orthodontics.

TMJ/TMD Treatment in Poway, CA

At Midland Orthodontics, Dr. Yoo and his team understand the impact that TMJ/TMD symptoms can have on your daily life, and we are here to help. During your consultation, our dental professionals will conduct a comprehensive evaluation, listen to your concerns, and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. Schedule an appointment at Midland Orthodontics in Poway, CA, to take the first step towards a pain-free and comfortable smile.