Sarcee Dental Clinic is committed to treating your TMD/TMJ and helping you eliminate the associated pain and discomfort. While there are many self-care home remedies like eating soft foods, using ice to reduce swelling, reducing jaw movements, and avoiding chewing gum or tough foods, etc, you may need help from your dental professional if your symptoms don’t improve with these treatments.
The first step in dental treatment will often be a custom night guard or splint, also called an occlusal splint. This custom-fit, clear plastic dental device fits over the biting surfaces of the teeth of one jaw so that you bite against the splint rather than your teeth. This can help jaw joints and muscles relax. The hope is that it will help realign the jaw and prevent jaw clenching, which will alleviate the symptoms and pain associated with TMJ. It can also protect your teeth.
If your pain continues even with the use of an occlusal splint, your dentist may refer you to a specialist with extra training in TMD’s, called a neuromuscular dentist.