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TMJ Orthotic Options

This little device could make a big difference

OrthoticYou’re an individual. That’s why your TMJ care must be as well.

To be sure an orthotic is the right option for you, it’s best to begin with a TMJ diagnosis to determine the cause of your TMJ disorder.

Since misaligned teeth are often a contributing cause of TMJ, dental work such as:

  • Bonding
  • Veneers
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Orthodontics

May be TMJ treatment options if missing, damaged or crooked teeth are preventing your bite from being smooth and easy.

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What is a TMJ orthotic?

Many people confuse a standard nightguard with a neuromuscular orthotic but, in fact, they are quite different.

A standard nightguard is worn only to protect your teeth from night time teeth grinding. It usually has a flat surface, and it does not place your muscles and jaw into a comfortable functioning position to relieve these habits.

A balanced TMJ orthotic helps your upper and lower teeth meet in a healthy, balanced bite position, which can help to resolve your TMJ symptoms.

Orthotics can be part of a TMJ treatment plan

Phase 1: Healing with orthotics

Orthotics help your jaw muscles relax and heal. You may wear a removable orthotic, which is generally placed on the lower teeth, and can be removed for brushing, flossing and eating.

Another option is a fixed orthotic, which is bonded in the mouth. It is used, and can be cleaned, like natural teeth. This orthotic will remain bonded between six to twelve months depending on the healing process, before it is removed to begin phase 2 treatment options.

Phase 2: Finding longer-term stability

Patient with DoctorThe second phase is designed to find ways to keep your jaw in its ideal position and may include dental treatment options such as:

  • Bite adjustment
  • Dental restoration
  • Long term use of a removable orthotic
  • Orthodontics
  • A porcelain smile rejuvenation

You can teach an old jaw new tricks

You may need to wear your orthotic temporarily to retrain your jaw muscles. This retraining can help your jaw muscles stop struggling against your jaw joint, and adjust how they work to move your jaw smoothly for your corrected bite.

You may also benefit from physical therapy or chiropractic treatment, to help you adjust to your corrected bite.

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Could TMJ orthotics help you?

The best way to get an answer to that question is to ask a dentist after he or she has given you a thorough TMJ evaluation. Since TMJ can have many causes, Orthotics are not the best treatment for everyone.

If you would like to learn more about your jaw and how to tackle painful TMJ problems, please book a consultation.