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TMJ & Splint Therapy
Get Relief From TMJ Jaw Pain
TMJ & Splint Therapy in Madisonville & Chalmette, Louisiana
Do you have consistent jaw pain, clicking and locking of the jaw, difficulty chewing, and headaches? This could be due to an issue with your TMJ, or your temporomandibular joint. Your temporomandibular joint acts like a sliding hinge, connecting your jawbone to your skull. When there is dysfunction in your TMJ, it can result in frequent pain. One of the main causes for TMJ dysfunction is an improper bite. Using modern orthodontic techniques, Dr. Brown can align your bite, resulting in a properly functioning jaw.
Dr. Brown can also make you a splint, which is a removable dental appliance that covers your top and bottom teeth, similar to a retainer. Dr. Brown will instruct you on when to wear it, whether that be during the day, at night, or both. While a splint isn’t meant to fix the problem, it can help alleviate pain resulting from TMJ dysfunction. If you or a loved one is suffering from TMJ pain, schedule your complimentary consultation to see what we can do for you!
What You Should Know About TMJ & Splint Therapy
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which acts like a sliding hinge connecting your jawbone to your skull.
Common symptoms of TMJ dysfunction include jaw pain, locking or clicking of the jaw, headaches and difficulty chewing.
There are a variety of cases of TMJ dysfunction, such as trauma, an improper bite, arthritis, and wear and tear.
A splint is a removable dental appliance made out of a hard acrylic resin that covers the entirety of the top and bottom teeth, similar to a retainer.
If your TMJ dysfunction is likely due to an incorrect bite, Dr. Brown can use braces or Invisalign to correct your bite. Dr. Brown can also create a splint using his state-of-the-art 3D printer which can help alleviate pain.