Conservative options for Jaw Joint and Muscle Pain

Occlusal Splints

The most common treatment for jaw joint and muscle pain is to use an appliance called a splint. A splint is worn either on the upper or lower jaw and is used for the diagnosis and treatment of a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). It’s designed to relax the jaw muscles and support the jaw joints, and is usually worn during sleep when much of the damage occurs. The number of appointments you would need varies depending upon the type of problem. We will be able to advise you regarding this at your consultation. 

More often than not, a splint is all that is needed to relieve acute muscle related TMD symptoms. When however, if it is the position of your teeth or restorations and their interference with healthy jaw movements that is diagnosed as the cause of the TMD, one or more of the following may also be recommended:

Equilibration, a process of balancing the bite by safely reshaping teeth.

Restorative dentistry by means of crowns, onlays, implants, dentures.

Orthodontic treatment to move teeth into desired positions allowing for a more balanced bite.

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A Stabilisation Appliance / Splint worn over the upper teeth

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