A Mouthguard or Splint Can Help Your TMJ

TMJ Treatment/ TMD Treatment  And Teeth Grinding Treatment in St. Petersburg, FL
Your temporomandibular joint connects your skull’s bones to your jaw, allowing you to move your jaw freely to perform everyday tasks like speaking and eating. Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder, or TMD) refers to a host of problems associated with this joint. Common symptoms of TMJ include but are not limited to:

  • A tendency for the jaw to “lock” open or shut.
  • Audible popping and/or clicking when chewing or speaking.
  • Swelling on one or both sides of the face, at the jaw joint.
  • Pain or sensitivity in the face, especially around the jaw joint.

Though we do not know exactly what causes TMJ, we do know that it can be greatly exacerbated by regularly teeth grinding (called bruxism) for long periods of time. Of course, people grind their teeth for all kinds of reasons, including stress and anxiety, but most people do not even know that they grind their teeth because they do it at night when they are asleep.

Preventing Teeth Grinding at Night

In a regular dental exam, Dr. Spilman will be able to check for signs of wear on the chewing surfaces of your teeth due to grinding. If you suffer from TMJ and we find marks and wear from grinding on your teeth, we will recommend a custom mouthguard or splint to be worn at night.

To make the guard, we will take impressions of your teeth and send them to Glidewell Labs, where they will fabricate a high-quality “Comfort Splint” that can greatly alleviate your teeth-grinding problem.

For more complicated TMJ cases, we will refer you to a trusted specialist who can further help you. However, many patients find that a simple splint or mouthguard can take away a lot of the pain and fatigue associated with TMJ and with grinding their teeth at night. For more information on TMD Treatment / TMJ Treatment and teeth grinding treatment in St. Petersburg, FL , or to make an appointment for a consultation, give us a call at our St. Petersburg, FL office today at 727-645-4727. You can also fill out our online appointment form, and we will get in touch with you shortly.