A TMJ splint is an oral device that is designed and manufactured to control the jaws with the aim of alleviating the pain near the TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) and protecting teeth from further wear and tear. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge-like structure that bridges the jaw to the skull bone. This joint is primarily responsible for the smooth movement of the jawbone allowing us to talk, chew, and yawn with ease.
What is TMD?
The temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is the disorder of the temporomandibular joints. Any problems related to the health of your face, neck, or jawbone may arise due to the dysfunction of these joints.
What causes TMD?
The symptoms of TMD may arise due to the muscles near the temporomandibular joints or from the joints itself. There are several causes of TMD. Here are a few:
- Injury to the nearby muscles, the jawbone, or the joint itself.
- Excessive grinding or clenching of teeth.
- Inflammation of the TMJ.
What are TMJ splints and how do they function?
A TMJ splint is engineered and designed to be worn full-time. It can be worn while the patient rests and even while eating. The device solely works by providing support to the lower jawbone to ensure its smooth function and stability. It relaxes the muscles around the TMJ thereby helping to alleviate the pain around the joints.
Although patients may encounter slight discomfort during the initial few days of wearing the splints, with time, patients will be able to eat and speak with the appliance with ease and comfort.
As you wear TMJ splints, with every moving day, you improperly aligned teeth get shifted back into its place. This would guide your muscles and jaws into alignment.
How can I take care of my splints?
Your TMJ splints can be taken care of with regular brushing and flossing. It is advised that patients regularly cleanse the splints by soaking them in a cleansing solution for a given period. The dentist would advise patients on the best means to take care of their splints and preserve them from damage or injury.
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