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How a Custom Made Bite Appliance Can Help Relieve TMJ Pain

Do you suffer from a temporomandibular disorder that is causing you pain and/or discomfort? Here’s how a customized bite appliance can help resolve the issue and restore the quality of your life.

The temporomandibular joint is a sliding hinge joint which connects your lower jawbone to your skull. This is a complex system of bone, ligaments, and muscle, and when it doesn’t function properly, it can result in pain and discomfort.

Individuals who have temporomandibular disorders may experience the following symptoms:

  • Pain in jaw and ears
  • Pain in neck and back muscles
  • Frequent headaches
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Muscle spasms
  • Restricted jaw movement
  • Jaw clicking or popping
  • Improper bite (malocclusion)

The pain caused by TMJ disorder can range from mild jaw tenderness to excruciating migraines and chronic neck and back pain. Over time, this condition can also impact your speech and sleep, which will significantly affect the quality of your daily life.

Comprehensive TMJ Treatments at Our Calgary Holistic Dental Centre

At Dr. Korol Dental Clinic, our team of highly qualified holistic dentists can provide a number of TMJ treatment options, including Xeomin therapy and custom mouthguards, to improve the function of your jaw. During a comprehensive evaluation, we will advise the best course of TMJ treatment to suit your specific needs.

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How a Custom Bite Appliance Can Help Ease TMJ Pain

If, during your consultation, your dentist determines that a bite or jaw positioning issue is causing your temporomandibular disorder, then they might suggest using a bite appliance to correct this. A bite appliance can help relieve any TMJ pain by returning your joint to its most stable and comfortable position.

This bite appliance:

  • Helps your jaw to close painlessly
  • Corrects jaw pain over time
  • Aligns your bite in the correct position
  • Is made of a transparent plastic resin and fits on all the upper teeth

This appliance provides many benefits to patients and it is a highly effective, yet non-invasive way to treat TMJ pain and its related symptoms.

What to Expect When Using a Bite Appliance For TMJ Treatment

At our Calgary dental clinic, we provide customized TMJ treatment plans for our patients. If you are considering using a bite appliance to ease your pain, here is what you can expect:

  1. In the beginning, you may have to wear your bite appliance for 24 hours a day - even while eating and sleeping. However, it should be removed regularly for cleaning. If you are worried about discomfort, remember that this appliance is custom made to ensure that it fits perfectly and comfortably, while relieving TMJ pain.
  2. Weekly visits to your Calgary dentist will need to be made so that your oral healthcare professional can adjust the device as necessary. This will continue until your joint has stabilized and the jaw pain has receded.
  3. The function of this bite appliance is to find your jaw joint’s most stable and comfortable position. Therefore, during the first weeks of therapy, you will likely have to wear it all day. This phase will last between 6 weeks - 3 months.

What happens once my jaw is stabilized? Once your jaw has stabilized and your pain has resolved, you will decide together with your dentist if further dental treatment is necessary or if nightly wear of the appliance is enough to manage your symptoms.

Say Goodbye to TMJ Pain

Are you tired of suffering from pain and discomfort due to a temporomandibular disorder? Do you want to say goodbye to migraines, neck, and back pain? Our holistic dentists can help!

To find out more about the costs and benefits of our TMJ treatments, contact our Calgary dental clinic at 403-245-9099 or fill in our online contact form.

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