TMJ is an abbreviation for temporomandibular joints. These joints are in front of each ear and attach to the lower jaw of your skull. These joints are what allow for your mouth to open and close which gives you the ability to swallow, speak, and chew. Several problems can arise with the temporomandibular joints which can be corrected through the use of TMJ appliances.
What are TMJ Appliances?
TMJ appliances are devices meant to correct issues associated with the temporomandibular joints. A TMJ appliance is similar to a mouth guard. TMJ appliances are designed to decompress the joint which prevents the effects of teeth grinding and teeth clenching from taking place. There is also additional relief for the patient as it changes the resting length of the muscles when the application is used.
Is a TMJ Appliance Right for You?
A TMJ appliance is right for any patient suffering from disorders or pain related to the temporomandibular joints. The trained dentists will be able to assess whether or not you need a TMJ appliance. If you require a TMJ appliance, it is recommended that you get a custom appliance made to help with your pain. You might suffer from a TMJ disorder if you are demonstrating any of the following problems:
- Teeth clenching or grinding.
- Presence of rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis.
- Soft cushion dislocation.
How Do I Get a TMJ Appliance?
TMJ appliances require no drugs, no tools in your mouth, and no needles. The multi-specialty dentists are highly skilled in treating TMJ through the use of TMJ appliances. The appliance is a piece of plastic that the patient wears which contours to the shape of their mouth. Typically you can be fitted for one of our TMJ appliances in a single office visit. You can get a TMJ appliance simply by speaking with the dentist about your need for one and then scheduling an appointment to receive it. The dentist will make sure there is a proper fit with the TMJ appliance before you leave the office.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’re interested in making an appointment please contact us today. TMJ appliances can help improve a patient’s life significantly, so it is recommended that patients who require TMJ appliances receive one. Our dentists and trained dental staff are prepared to answer any questions you might have about TMJ appliances or other dental procedures.