How Bite Splints Work to Provide TMJ Pain Relief

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) hinge your jaw on both sides of your mouth. They give your mouth mobility to perform daily tasks like talking and chewing. As these joints are in constant use, they can develop problems that hinder jaw function and cause pain. At Titus Dentistry in Middletown, Indiana, we offer jaw pain treatment for TMJ problems so you can talk and chew comfortably. One such solution is a bite splint for TMJ pain. Here’s what you should know about TMJ disorders and bite splint therapy. 

TMJ Disorders

TMJ disorders, also known as TMDs, occur when your jaw joints and muscles don’t function properly, resulting in pain or tenderness when you open and close your mouth. TMDs can be caused by teeth grinding, arthritis, jaw injuries, or simply musculoskeletal wear and tear. 

In addition to pain, you may experience:  

  • Headaches
  • Earaches 
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Trouble opening your mouth or chewing
  • Locked jaw 

After evaluating your condition and pinpointing the cause of your pain, our dentist, Dr. Jonathan Titus, can determine the best course of action for treatment. 

Bite Splints for TMJ Pain Relief

Bite splints, like mouthguards, are dental devices worn over your teeth to help manage TMJ symptoms. A stabilization splint will stabilize your bite to reduce pain, while a repositioning splint will move your jaw to a comfortable position to relieve painful symptoms. 

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When worn, bite splints help relax your jaw joints and muscles to ease tension and pain. They prevent teeth grinding, which is a common cause of TMJ pain. They also realign your jaw to help correct painful bite issues.   

A stabilization splint is used mainly at night while you’re sleeping. A repositioning splint is used both day and night, removing it only for eating and brushing teeth. Repositioning splints helps correct jaw alignment issues that can lead to painful TMJ symptoms

Bite Splint Jaw Pain Treatment Near Me

Are you in Pendleton, IN, and its environs, and are you troubled by painful TMD symptoms? Contact your TMJ dentist, Dr. Jonathan Titus, from Titus Dentistry, at (765) 358-5868 today to learn more about bite splint therapy. 

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An alumnus of Purdue University and Indiana University School of Dentistry, Dr. Jonathan Titus is an established professional in the field of dentistry. He always prioritizes his patients by striving to provide the best possible dental care.

With the constant developments and changes in the industry, Dr. Titus makes sure to invest his time in continuous education and training from some of the most respected and skilled dental institutions. This is done to stay abreast of any dental practices and technology that may contribute to improving his efficiency and accuracy when treating his patients. Through this, he maintains his quality of work and exceeds his clients’ expectations.

Dr. Titus is presently a member of the Dawson Academy Alumni, American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

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