The lower jawbone is connected to the skull via the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). It moves like a sliding hinge and gets frequently used as you chew, swallow, speak, and yawn. When there is anything wrong with this joint, as when you suffer from a temporomandibular disorder (TMD), there can be a lot of pain in the joint as well as in the muscles that control jaw movement. At Beau Sourire Family Dentistry in Mandeville, LA, we can help alleviate that pain with our TMJ treatment. Schedule your TMJ treatment in Mandeville, LA today!
Considering TMJ treatment in Mandeville, LA? One common treatment for TMD is splint therapy. You may already be familiar with splints as they are also known as a “mouth guard,” “bite appliance,” or “night guard” and are used in sports and to treat some conditions, such as sleep apnea. Splints are made of plastic and can be hard or soft. They are highly customizable – they can cover all of the teeth or just a few and can be worn on the top or bottom depending on the patient’s needs and the preferences of the dentist.
There are a few reasons why splint therapy helps with jaw pain due to TMJ disorders.