At Legacy Dental, one of the most common and most conservative treatments for TMJ is a splint, which is similar to a nightguard with a few differences in functionality. This treatment will help you alleviate your symptoms and get a good night’s sleep.
The purpose of the two treatments is to stabilize and support the joints/muscles to prevent misalignment when the jaws are closed. A TMJ splint offers more vertical support than a traditional nightguard, guiding the lower jaw into a more natural position.
In this article, we will explain the differences between a TMJ splint and a regular dental nightguard.
Anyone can be affected by TMJ disorder. If you believe that you are suffering from TMJ, the team at Legacy Dental will do a thorough evaluation to reach a diagnosis and then explain your options: TMJ splint and regular dental nightguard.
Both devices are used to meet the needs of patients with TMJ and can be used to prevent teeth grinding. However, their functions are different.
A TMJ splint is customized and stabilizes the jaw, while a regular dental nightguard simply prevents teeth grinding. Additionally, splints are designed to provide temporary comfort, as prolonged use may have an impact on your bite. A nightguard is typically worn on the upper or lower jaw, while a splint is worn on both and is only meant for patients with TMJ.
Each offers a distinct way to treat TMJ, allowing the jaw muscles to relax, realigning the jaw, distributing pressure evenly across the teeth, and easing tension in the joints. Our dentists can examine the splint’s wear to pinpoint your condition. These splints are available in permissive and non-permissive types and alleviate the pain of TMJ.
If you are suffering from TMJ, schedule your consultation with the team at Legacy Dental today. We will discuss your symptoms and evaluate your jaw by:
If we determine that you have TMJ or bruxism and may benefit from treatment with a dental nightguard or TMJ splint, we will discuss these options and determine which is best for your condition.
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