Bite splints are designed to relieve pain and pressure caused by temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD). Although TMJ disorders can resolve on their own at times, we may still recommend a splint to avoid further damage to your teeth and jaw.

Symptoms of TMD may include, but are not limited to:

  • Muscle pain around the jaw joints (in front of your ears)
  • Cracks, popping or clicking sounds when you move your jaw
  • Limited movement of the jaw
  • Facial muscle spasms
  • Headaches that begin in front of your ears

A TMJ splint works by reducing the pressure on your jaw joints or by realigning your bite. We can accomplish this through a stabilization splint, also known as a bite guard or bite plate. These splints are made of a hard acrylic resin, which can be customized to fit comfortably over the upper or lower teeth depending on your needs. It actively prevents your teeth from making a misalignment while also correcting a bite misalignment. Typically splints are worn for 24 hours a day, however depending on your condition we may only recommend a splint to be worn at night while sleeping.

For more information on temporomandibular disorders, TMJ splints, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office today at (330) 856-3320.