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TMJ DEVICES: AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO REDUCING TMJ PAIN
Though the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can be very uncomfortable, there are many different approaches you can take toward pain reduction. Nonsurgical methods like TMJ mouthguards and similar devices from pillows to jaw repositioners are some of the most popular recommendations. At CustMbite, we wanted to make a high-quality, custom-fit TMJ mouth guard for everyone.
TMJ devices are one of the many nonsurgical treatments used by people who suffer from TMJ. Temporomandibular joint disorder (also known as TMJ) is a painful condition that affects not just the temporomandibular joint itself, but also the muscles, ligaments, and bones that support it. Along with headaches, tooth sensitivity, and neck soreness, TMJD can cause pain throughout the upper body. Read on to learn more about different types of devices, including TMJ mouthguards from CustMbite.
To understand how TMJ devices work, you need to understand TMJD itself. Temporomandibular joint disorder affects your jaw’s ability to function properly. Since the TMJ is such a complicated joint, even a minor misalignment or malfunction can cause significant pain. The joint’s bones, ligaments, discs, and muscles must work together flawlessly to allow you to chew, smile, speak, and yawn without pain.
TMJ mouthguards help to alleviate many of the symptoms and triggers of TMJ by separating the teeth. Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can be a cause of or a result of TMJ. Because the teeth must fit together naturally when the jaw is closed, any misalignment of the teeth or jaw can push the temporomandibular joint out of place. Without a guard, bruxism can cause the teeth to shift out of their proper position.
If you have TMJ, there are several courses of treatment that you, along with a doctor or dentist, might investigate. TMJ surgery is typically viewed as a last resort, as it carries many risks, may not produce the desired result, and may even make things worse. Most dental professionals and TMJ specialists will recommend a less invasive course of action, incorporating natural remedies like TMJ exercises, chiropractic treatments, lifestyle changes, and TMJ mouthguards.
If you’re a good candidate for a TMJ device, a dentist or doctor can help you decide which type of TMJ mouthpiece is appropriate for you. There are four primary types of devices used to address TMJ. Two are splints and three of these procedures require one or more visits to the dentist’s office:
Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System (NTI-TSS): This device separates the back teeth, creating contact between just the upper and lower front teeth. Its small size is appealing but can cause problems with retention.
Modified Hawley splint: This guard prevents the back teeth from touching each other entirely. It is worn on the upper teeth and touches only the six lower front teeth.
Repositioning splint: This device repositions the lower jaw. Though moving the jaw forward or backward may decrease the pressure on your jaw, this splint has the potential to change your bite permanently and must only be used under a dentist’s close supervision.
Stabilization guard: Also known as TMJ mouthguards, these cover the entire surface of your upper teeth. They help to relax the jaw and reduce the effects of grinding.
Most patients with TMJ don’t require expensive, complicated devices. Because most medical professionals recommend a “less-is-more” approach to treating the symptoms of TMJ, you may want to begin with an at-home TMJ mouthguard.
A CustMbite TMJ mouthguard has several unique advantages over the mouthguards you might get from your dentist’s office and those available over-the-counter from other brands. We consulted with dental professionals to create a comfortable, FDA-cleared TMJ mouthguard that’s available to all. CustMbite TMJ mouthguards are:
Easy to fit: Our TMJ mouthguards are made of VistaMaxx, a patented material that allows you to mold a custom-fit mouthguard in under two minutes. No more boiling water necessary - just pop it in the microwave, dip it in some cold water, and bite. Unlike other OTC TMJ mouthguards, VistaMax is also remoldable, so if your bite changes, your guard can too.
Hygenic: VistaMaxx doesn’t absorb saliva or bacteria, so it’s easy to keep your TMJ mouthguard crystal-clear. Just toss it in the dishwasher or give it a scrub with a toothbrush and some cold water. Simple as that - no soaking or special cleaning required.
Comfortable: To make an effective TMJ mouthguard, it’s got to be comfortable enough to wear all night long. CustMbite TMJ mouthguards are so thin and flexible, you can talk clearly, sip water, and breathe easily.
If you suffer from the painful symptoms of TMJ, a TMJ mouthguard from CustMbite is a nonsurgical solution that can provide measurable pain reduction. People who incorporate treatment methods like TMJ mouthguards report a significant change in their TMJ discomfort. Before agreeing to an invasive TMJ surgery, try a custom-fit mouthguard from CustMbite. We offer the most comfortable TMJ mouthguard available outside a dentist’s office - and for a fraction of the price. If you’re ready to experience the difference that our thin, durable guards can make, get a CustMbite mouth guard for TMJ.