Splint Therapy in Glasgow
What is Splint Therapy?
Jaw joint dysfunction sometimes called (TMJ dysfunction) can cause pain when opening the jaw, discomfort while chewing, unpleasant clicking sounds and stiffness in face muscles. In many cases of craniofacial pain and parafunction, the answer to the problem is re-aligning the jaw joint and balancing the bite. The correct use of splint therapy is a real breakthrough for anyone who has suffered from disfunction, pain and significant wear and tear to their teeth.
Managing Splint Therapy
A specialised TMJ splint is commonly used as a crucial step in managing TMJ disorders. Splint therapy uses custom 3D printed or CAD-CAM produced appliances to stabilise and unpack the temporomandibular joint. This is like a mouthguard that prevents tooth grinding and clenching. A splint is fitted to the individual patient's jaw and then adjusted over time to maintain efficiency. After the jaw and bite are re-aligned and stable in the new position the option to have the teeth rehabilitated to accommodate the new position is recommended using crowns and veneers.
What Symptoms Can Splint Therapy Alleviate?
Splint therapy can help relieve the following unpleasant symptoms:
- Locking of the jaw
- Difficulty opening or closing your mouth
- Clicking or popping noises on jaw movement
- Pain in the jaw, cheek, neck and back
- Tenderness or swelling over the joint.
What Are the Benefits of Splint Therapy?
- Protection of the teeth from grinding and clenching
- Reduce the need for more complicated and expensive treatment long-term
- Alleviate TMJ pain
- Fast relief for TMJ
- Reposition the jaw
- Adjust an improper bite.
To learn more about splint therapy and schedule an appointment with our dentist, please contact The Berkeley Clinic on 0141 564 1900.
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