At Hardwick Dental Group, we treat minor TMJ dysfunction using a bite guard. This oral appliance helps protect the teeth from involuntary action related to the disorder, such as clenching or grinding. Bite guards can be worn during the day or while you sleep, depending on your specific needs. While this therapy will not “cure” TMJ dysfunction, it can help alleviate some of the painful symptoms and make the condition more manageable. We’ll create custom occlusal guards to fit your bite, as these individualized appliances are more effective at treating TMD symptoms.
Patients with severe cases of TMD should see a specialist, which we will be happy to refer you to. When the joint is severely misaligned, a patient needs to have his/her occlusion and bite assessed in order to find the most appropriate course of treatment.
Don’t suffer any longer. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort from one or more TMD symptoms, or if you suspect your joint may be misaligned, contact us today for an evaluation.