TMJ disorder is painful and can have a wide array of symptoms. Although this painful condition affects millions of Americans each year, many people treat TMJ disorder as an annoyance with over-the-counter medicines. However, ignoring TMJ disorder commonly results in the worsening of the symptoms, down to the impairment of your jaw function. Some of these symptoms include:
If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, Dr. Fotek has the solution. Contact the Dental Healing Arts today for relief.
Unmanaged anxiety or stress, misaligned bites, degenerative disorders, and traumatic injuries can all contribute to the disruption of the delicate tendons, bones, cartilage, nerves, and muscles around the TMJs. During the routine dental check-up, Dr. Fotek checks the condition and function of your TMJs.
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Occlusal bite splints (also called bite splints, bite planes or night guards) are a custom-made removable dental appliance designed to fit the upper and lower arches of your teeth. These guards are typically worn at night and are designed to protect the teeth while stabilizing the occlusion of the bite to prevent clenching or grinding as you sleep.
Occlusal splints are typically made of heat-cured acrylic resin. Each guard is fabricated from impressions of your teeth taken during your first appointment. During your second appointment, your guard will be fitted to ensure complete comfort. Any necessary adjustments will also be made at this time.
One of the most common treatments used by Dr. Fotek to treat TMJ disorder is a physiologic bite appliance or an occlusal splint. In most cases, the pain associated with TMJ disorder is from overstressed, tense craniofacial muscles, which are the result of poor occlusion (how your top and bottom teeth meet when you bite). The occlusal splint closely resembles a mouth guard and is customized to fit your mouth and correct your unique condition.
Before Dr. Fotek designs your splint, she effectively determines the ideal resting position of your jaw. This position will be chosen so that the muscles controlling your TMJs will not be overstressed. Your occlusal splint is designed to be worn primarily at night, and it will help your craniofacial muscles relax.
At the same time, your splint will also protect your teeth from bruxism or teeth grinding, which is an extremely common condition of TMJ disorder. The overall goal is to make sure you receive the best possible care for your TMJ disorder.
After you are diagnosed with TMJ disorder, Dr. Fotek will also provide professional advice on how you can manage your symptoms. Some common suggestions are:
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Of those with TMJ will develop chronic TMJD.
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Instead of living in chronic pain and suffering from impaired oral function, Dr. Fotek offers effective solutions for TMJ disorder. Contact the Dental Healing Arts to schedule an appointment, so you can get back to enjoying life and all of the things you love.