If you have TMJ disorder or another bite problem, our dentist may recommend splint therapy to resolve the issue and improve your oral function. Using occlusal splints, our dentist can relieve discomfort and stabilize your bite and jaw joint. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper Mitchell and learn more about splint therapy in Helena, Montana, please contact Park View Dental today at 406-442-0500.
Bite splints, or occlusal splints, are a common treatment for TMJ disorders. The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the joint connecting your upper and lower jaws. When the jaw joints and muscles in this area are misaligned, injured or displaced, it can result in significant discomfort and prevent you from eating, speaking, yawning and performing many other daily actions normally.
Occlusal splints are a type of customized mouth guard designed to protect the jaw while it moves, especially at night. These splints work to:
- Eliminate TMJ and muscle pain
- Improve jaw function
- Stabilize the bite, muscle and joint
- Reduce and eliminate clenching and grinding
- Relax overused jaw muscles
We encourage you to contact our office if you notice any symptoms of TMJ disorders, such as aching or pain around the jaw; pain in the neck, shoulders, face or ear; clicking or popping sounds when chewing; pain in the jaw joints; difficulty in opening your mouth wide; tiredness in the jaw; or persistent headaches or migraines. Our dentist and team will work with you to find a solution that will relieve your discomfort and improve your oral health and function.
To schedule a consultation and learn more about splint therapy, contact our office today!