Often the imbalance in one’s bite is minor enough that after proper TMJ Splint therapy, the bite can be balanced by minor adjustments to the enamel on certain teeth. If the discrepancy between the existing bite and a healthy one is too large, orthodontics and/or some restorative treatment may be necessary.
Two temporomandibular joints (TMJ) allow your jaw to move side to side, close, and open. If the joints are misaligned this can cause your jaw to click. You may also experience facial pain, teeth grinding, and discomfort in your shoulders, neck, ear, and temple. TMJ may also cause migraines, headaches, and earaches.
Equilibration adjusts selective teeth to create a more harmonious relation between the muscles of the occlusion, the jaw joint, and the teeth. Equilibration relieves tension and frequently decreases wear, mobility, headaches, and damage to the jaw.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) is often characterized by headaches, jaw/muscle soreness, locking/clicking of the jaw joints, or any combination of those. In most cases, this is due to an imbalance in the bite that does not allow the jaw joints to function properly. Dr. Heck has extensive training in the treatment of TMJD, and commonly uses Bite Splints to give the jaw joints balance and rest.
It is estimated over 80 percent of Americans grind and clench their teeth. Also known as bruxism, grinding and clenching your teeth can cause considerable damage to the enamel of your teeth. This can lead to cavities and decay.
Bite Splints are trays which are fitted to your mouth to prevent grinding and clenching of the teeth. They are made of rigid acrylic and move the jaw into a position which relieves symptoms and discomfort. The doctor will fit you for Bite Splints and you will wear them during the night. With Bite Splints, you can relieve the discomfort of TMJ and protect your teeth from damage.