Should Charlotte TMJ Specialist Dr. Larson determine that your jaw is out of position compressing your jaw joints and straining muscles, he will design and fabricate comfortable, sleek and barely noticeable clear orthotics or TMJ appliances to be worn part time or full time for a defined period of time to allow healing to take place.
Your bite may be at war with your jaw joints and muscles. Until the 3 components of a healthy chewing, speaking masticatory system are in harmony- the TM joints, muscles and bite, pain and dysfunction can occur. Add in related headaches, migraines, stress, clenching and grinding of teeth that could be related to sleep breathing problems and other body misalignments and you can have a complex TMJ disorder.
Decompression appliance therapy allow these structures to relax and begin healing. Other physical medicine modalities Dr. Larson provides help speed up that healing to help you return to a better quality of life.
Benefits of Wearing a TMJ Appliance for Patients With TMD
Aside from being a drug-free, non-invasive solution for TMD, TMJ appliances offer plenty of other benefits. Here are some of them:
They help lessen jaw stress and pain by reducing loading forces to the jaw point.
TMJ appliances can treat most of the symptoms of the temporomandibular joint disorder in just a short period of time.
TMJ appliances help prevent the recurrence of TMD symptoms once the joint is stable.
TMJ appliances are designed to keep your teeth separated, which can also reduce clenching and grinding.
TMJ appliances help you sleep more by reducing pain and stress on your TMJs, associated muscles, and tissues.
TMJ appliances prevent future serious complications.
TMJ appliances are tiny enough to carry in your handbag, bag pack, or luggage, so you can take them anywhere.
TMJ appliances are removable, so you can always remove them, especially when brushing and flossing your teeth.
Contact The Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea Today!
If you have questions about decompression appliance or splint therapy or want to learn more about other TMJ treatments, reach out to us immediately. Our friendly doctors and staff will happily assist you with your needs. Call us now at 704-220-1930 to set up an appointment.