TMD Appliance and Splint Therapy
One of the means of addressing TMJ problems is with the use of removable splints. These devices generally fall into one of three categories: Disposable, Soft Nightguard or Hard Orthotic. They are all plastic devices which are fitted in the mouth to prevent the teeth from coming together. We normally recommend the hard orthotic as the best treatment option.
The splint is not the final therapy for the treatment of jaw joint disorders. Rather, it is a means of providing comfort to the patient and/or preventing further wear during more comprehensive treatment to correct the problem.
Hard orthotic splints not only prevent the wear of teeth (just like nightguards), but also assist in correct positioning of the teeth and jaw for greater comfort of the muscles and joints. The hard orthotic splint accomplishes what a bite balancing does, only in a reversible way. If you don't like the way it feels, remove the splint. Because it is built specifically to assist in improving your bite, the more you wear it, the better the potential for muscle relaxation.