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TMJ Pain Relief in Dallas, PA
Dr. David Spring is committed to relieving many kinds of dental discomfort, including TMJ pain for Back Mountain area patients. We offer solutions that are non-intrusive and provide excellent results for our patients.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ), connects and operates your upper and lower jaw. This joint can be compromised and affect the jaw muscles and facial nerves as a result of many conditions. Dr. Sprping has had great success with their Dallas, PA TMJ patients by using simple, non-invasive oral devices, otherwise known as splint therapy.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
• Clicking or Discomfort When Opening Jaw
• Limited Range of Jaw Motion
• Headaches and Neck Pain
• Jaw Getting Stuck (Lockjaw)
Teeth grinding is a common cause of TMJ disorder. Sometimes this happens in the middle of the night while sleeping.
What is Splint Therapy?
Splints or oral appliances include mouth guards, night guards and bite plates. These are typically made of hard or soft plastic and can be worn on the upper or bottom teeth, depending on your circumstances.
Types of Splints
There are essentially two types of splints; stabilization splits and repositioning splints. Stabilization splints are used to prevent clenching. Repositioning splints are used to realign by pulling the lower jaw forward. These are typically worn 24 hours a day.
How Splint Therapy Works
The splint is used to allow the muscles and ligaments in your jaw to relax. The splint alleviates muscle tension that bruxism (teeth-grinding or clenching) and other jaw problems may cause. If bruxism is causing wear and damage, splints can also protect your teeth from further damage.
If your bite is off, the splint will adjust the entire bite for a more optimal position and alleviate your muscles, allowing them to rest.
Call Today to Learn More about alleviating your TMJ Pain in Dallas, PA
If you are suffering from TMJ discomfort, let Dr. Spring examine at your bite and the wear on your teeth to determine if you are a good candidate for splint therapy.
Call our Back Mountain office for a TMJ consultation. Our goal is to make sure you are pain-free, and splint therapy is just one simple solution we offer.