Your smile and bite are composed of several working parts that must function in harmony, from the facial muscles to the nerves to the teeth to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Unfortunately, dysfunction can result in harmful conditions like bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ disorder, which are likely to cause oral damage and chronic pain in patients over time. At Tarpon Shores Dental, Dr. Mesh may recommend the use of a custom-made occlusal splint to alleviate this problem. These devices are worn over the teeth in a comfortable and stable manner, helping to protect and reposition your oral structures for optimal results. Interested in learning more? Contact our Englewood, FL office today.
Occlusal splints have multiple uses, depending on the patient’s personal circumstances and oral health. The most common use is to relieve discomfort that’s related to TMJ disorder by repositioning the jaw into a much more comfortable, proper position. By “reprogramming” the jaw, the long-term use of an occlusal splint may even result in permanent improvements for the patient over time.
Alternatively, this type of oral appliance can serve as a protective guard for the rows of teeth as well. This is especially useful if a patient is struggling with bruxism (teeth grinding) and needs extra protection for their vulnerable dental structures. The tough splint, which is typically worn throughout the night or whenever the patient is most likely to grind, minimizes dangerous contact between teeth.
Dr. Mesh offers a variety of possible treatments for TMJ disorder, including occlusal adjustment, the use of restorative procedures, facial stretches, and more. He looks forward to working with you closely in order to devise the ideal plan of action that will lead you to a healthier smile that’s finally free of unnecessary pain and strife. Our team believes that you deserve the best here in Englewood!