Guards & Appliances
TMD can be uncomfortable and interfere with your everyday life, but there are several treatment options available to relieve pain and restore the full use of your jaw. Dental appliances are one form of treatment that can achieve excellent results for many patients. There are several types of appliances available, depending on how you have been affected by TMD and the suspected or known causes of the condition.
What is TMD?
The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) of the jaw are incredibly useful in everyday life, allowing us to chew and speak easily. However, like any joint in the body, the TMJ is prone to issues ranging from pain and headaches to stiffness of the joint or joints. These issues are referred to as temporomandibular disorders (TMD).
How Do TMD Devices Work?
TMD devices work by positioning the mouth in such a way that the jaw muscles remain relaxed. Occlusal splints (also known as bite guards) are commonly used to achieve this. As an added benefit, they protect the teeth, which is essential if your TMD is caused by grinding or clenching your teeth. A custom-fitted oral appliance designed by our dentists helps ensure that you can wear it consistently and comfortably