Mouth Guards for TMJ are a Conservative Approach to Treatment
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can have adverse effects on your well-being and quality of life, resulting in headaches, tension, and uncomfortable side effects. Before considering surgical options, Drs. Kenneth A. Malament, Dan Nathanson, and Hans-Peter Weber will recommend conservative, non-invasive therapy for your TMJ disorder. Custom mouth guards for TMJ can help alleviate the symptoms of your joint disorder and help you enjoy your daily life once again. Our office in Boston, MA, emphasizes restorative therapy and our doctors are committed to helping patients achieve a healthy smile for life.
Consultation for a Mouth Guard
Whenever possible, we will attempt to avoid surgery and treat your TMJ disorder using an oral appliance. During your initial consultation, our goals are to:
- Determine the exact cause of your TMJ disorder
- Recommend a type of mouth guard that will work for you
- Create custom impressions for the best fit
- Provide a routine for wearing your mouthguard
One of our doctors will assess your condition and review your symptoms in order to recommend the best treatment option. We will then take impressions to create a mouth guard that directly and effectively treats your unique condition.
A custom mouth guard has been shown to effectively reduce discomfort and clicking associated with a TMJ disorder.
Types of Mouth Guards
Depending on your condition, we will recommend either a stabilization splint or a repositioning splint.
A stabilization splint can sufficiently reduce the severity of your symptoms by preventing you from clenching your jaws. The splint, which is usually made out of either hard or soft plastic, is flat and covers all of your teeth from front to back. These splints are usually only worn at night but have shown better results in patients who wear them 24 hours a day.
A repositioning splint pulls the lower jaw, also known as the mandible, forward to realign your jaws and prevent pressure on your TMJs. Patients who are prescribed a repositioning splint initially wear their device 24 hours a day until a long-term plan is created. The National Center for Biotechnology Information has concluded that repositioning splints are effective at repositioning the lower jaw and alleviating TMJ pain.
Both types of mouth guards are intended to place your lower jaw in the correct position, prevent painful pressure on your TMJs, and prevent additional damage to your joints by restoring the balance between your joints and facial muscles.
Enjoy the Benefits of TMJ Therapy
A custom mouth guard has been shown to effectively reduce discomfort and clicking associated with a TMJ disorder. Although over-the-counter mouth guards are available, a mouth guard created using your own impressions will fit more comfortably and address your misalignment more accurately to give you more effective results. Our team of doctors can also incorporate your mouth guard treatment into other restorative procedures that address issues such as excessive wear on your back teeth.
Schedule A Consultation
Our doctors can provide non-surgical, effective oral appliance treatment for your TMJ disorder. As prosthodontists, we emphasize oral rehabilitation and will educate you on how to protect your smile for years to come. To find out more about our restorative procedures, call our office at (617) 523-5451 or submit an online contact form.