Temporomandibular Joint - TMJ
BRUXISM AND TMJ
Do you suffer from headaches, temples, face and ears? Do you have pain when opening your mouth or chewing food? Do you feel cracks or noises when opening your mouth or chewing food? Does your jaw ever get stuck or blocked? All of these symptoms can be caused by temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
There are other very frequent pathologies, such as bruxism, which although they cannot be considered as pathologies of the TMJ, they can derive from it. Bruxism or tooth grinding is becoming more common every day, due in part to the stress of modern life.
We treat bruxism and other disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) by means of discharge splints that the patient wears during the night
A discharge splint must be designed and manufactured in a personalized way and taking into account the teeth of each patient, so it is essential that the dentist takes the measures and send them to a laboratory with the relevant indications for the creation of the mold.
An effective discharge splint is not a simple plastic device that adapts to the shape of the teeth, but it must be adjusted to the whole mouth, joints, etc, so that it meets the objectives it pursues.
Discharge splints relax the jaw, protect the teeth and jaw from the effects of bruxism. It will prevent your upper teeth from clenching against your lower teeth, preventing neuromuscular overload of the craniofacial muscles as well as excessive tooth wear.