Splint Therapy

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If you suffer from headaches, facial or neck pain, or jaw pain, you may have temporomandibular joint dysfunction usually called “TMJ”. This condition should be thought of as a problem within the entire chewing system, not just the jaw joint. TMJ dysfunction may be caused by misalignment of the jaws where they hinge or by disharmony between the teeth and the jaws. Symptoms may be joint pain, clicking of the joints, muscle pain, tooth wear and receding gums. Treatment can reduce or eliminate the possibility of further damage.

When a patient presents signs and symptoms of TMJ dysfunction, an evaluation is made, including history and clinical examination. If Dr. Rosie thinks we can help, she will order further diagnostic data, such as dental molds and images of the jaw joints. Once all the needed data has been collected, Dr. Rosie will study it to determine the diagnosis and the treatment option that is best for you.

Treatment for TMJ dysfunction usually involves splint therapy. The splint is a removable appliance that is custom-made for each individual. Dr. Rosie will adjust the splint as needed to reduce TMJ symptoms and stabilize the entire chewing system.