Treatments for Bruxism (Teeth grinding)
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint by which the mandible (lower jaw) connects with the base of the skull, on the temporal bone. The TMJ is what allows the lower jaw to move vertically and horizontally movement of the lower jaw.
If you're experiencing a muscular, bone or tissue problem in the TMJ area, you may be suffering from a temporomandibular disorder. TMD symptoms include pain and sensitivity around and inside the ears, the ATM, the jaw muscles, the face or the temples. Other symptoms also include trouble opening and closing the mouth, cracking during chewing or yawning. TMDs can cause pain in the neck and headaches.
Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause migraines, premature teeth wearing, and tensions in the joints and muscles of the face. Consult with one of our dentists in Dollard-des-Ormeaux if you think you are affected by bruxism.
What is an occlusal splint?
An occlusal splint is a mouthpiece worn at night to prevent contact between upper teeth and lower teeth. It is crafted for people suffering from bruxism and TMDs.
An occlusal splint is custom-made for the patient to allow for a more comfortable sleep. It can also be worn during daytime.
How does an occlusal splint work? The splint's function is to absorb the impact of bruxism and teeth clenching. It acts as a reliever for muscles in the jaw. It also helps to appease tension and lower the intensity of the pain. Finally, it blocks the progression of premature teeth wearing.