TMJ Bite Splints
in Birmingham, MI
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) conditions can cause pain, discomfort, and stiffness in your jaw. One treatment option is TMJ bite splints. These work by reducing teeth grinding or clenching that contribute to TMJ problems.
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Signs you may need a TMJ bite splint
Bite splints are only one way to address TMJ issues. However, some signs of TMJ problems that may be alleviated using a bite splint include:
- Clicking or popping when you move your jaw
- Pain in your jaw muscles, especially when yawning
- Pain in your jaw that spreads to your face, neck or head
- A change in your bite
How TMJ bite splints work
Bite splints can reduce the symptoms of TMJ conditions by alleviating pressure on jaw joints or fixing your bite.
A splint is made of acrylic resin. It fits over the lower or upper teeth and prevents contact between the upper and lower teeth. Sometimes, splints must be worn all the time. However, your dentist may recommend you only wear a splint at night.
Another kind of splint, called a mandibular repositioning splint can be used to fix misaligned upper and lower teeth.
Benefits of TMJ bite splints
Wearing a TMJ bite splint has many benefits for patients with TMJ conditions, including:
- Protection of teeth from wear due to grinding
- Alleviating tension in the jaw, neck and head muscles
- Alleviating jaw, neck and head pain
With reduced pain, patients can also have a better quality of life.
The process for getting a TMJ bite splint
If you’re experiencing TMJ issues, speak to the team at Dr. Scott J. Owens DDS.
A medical history will be taken, and we’ll do a comprehensive examination of your mouth and jaw. We may also take some x-rays, so we have a complete picture of your jaw.
If your TMJ issues are linked to teeth grinding or jaw clenching, we may recommend a TMJ bite splint.
Get the dental care you need at Dr. Scott J. Owens DDS by calling us today at 248-600-4521 for an appointment.
Scott J Owens DDS Cosmetic & Family Dentists
Monday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
2nd Saturday of month 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
32931 Middlebelt Rd. Suite #608
Farmington Hills, MI 48334