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How effective can splint therapy be for TMJ and jaw joint problems?

How effective can splint therapy be for TMJ and jaw joint problems?

Highly: The right type of appliance, properly designed and adjusted very precisely can be very effective. Most appliances lack these features and don't deliver the full diagnostic and therapeutic potential of this non-invasive approach. Carefully done, an anatomical orthosis can al, ist always eliminate he need for invasive and painful surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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How good is splint therapy for TMJ and jaw joint problems?

How good is splint therapy for TMJ and jaw joint problems?

Great!: An oral orthotic (spint/night guard), designed correctly for the correct problem, can be very helpful. The etiology (cause) of the problem also needs to be addressed. Parafunctional habits like clenching, grinding, gum chewing, biting finger nails, chewing ice? Arthritis? Past trauma? ...Read more

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I'm having some jaw joint problems, should I see my dentist or a ent?

I'm having some jaw joint problems, should I see my dentist or a ent?

Either one: Either one is appropriate but i would start with your own dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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I am 75, I have a TMJ problem, where my jaw joint is. Is twin block or bionator better for TMJ conditions?

I am 75, I have a TMJ problem, where my jaw joint is. Is twin block or bionator better for TMJ conditions?

Depends: Neither should be first line treatment. You should start with simpler, less expensive treatment like meds, self are program, soft diet, heat or cold. Which device is better if you need a device depends on factors beyond the information given here. ...Read more

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I was hit by an airbag 10yrs ago resulting in tmj. I have tried everything from splints to arthrocentesis. The MRI shows both joints are damaged & displaced & the lower jaw bone is now flat. Surgery is scheduled. Is this my best option?

I was hit by an airbag 10yrs ago resulting in tmj. I have tried everything from splints to arthrocentesis. The MRI shows both joints are damaged & displaced & the lower jaw bone is now flat. Surgery is scheduled. Is this my best option?

Depends: Probably. Depends on the surgeon, and the surgery. Open surgery or artlhroscopic. Your surgeon should have vast experience with TMJ surgery Arthroscopic surgery much less invasive. Can be indicated even in a case like yours. Are you also being managed by a TMJ non-surgical specialist? You should be. Good luck. ...Read more

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If a chiropractor cracks your jaw joint for tmj, does that make the joint worse or help the tmj?

If a chiropractor cracks your jaw joint for tmj, does that make the joint worse or help the tmj?

Jaw cracks: It depends on what is wrong with your jaw that the chiropractor adjusted it. You should see an oral surgeon or a dentist that specializes in TMJ disorders for a complete dental, jaw and joint evaluation. ...Read more

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I have had a TMJ jaw joint flush 4 weeks ago, and my tinnitus hasn't gone away. What can I do?, I really hate tinnitus.

I have had a TMJ jaw joint flush 4 weeks ago, and my tinnitus hasn't gone away.  What can I do?, I really hate tinnitus.

Tinnitus: is very common, affecting an estimated 50 million adults in the U.S. Tinnitus isn't a condition itself — it's a symptom. The best way to find a solution is to contact the American Tinnitus Association for a specialist near you. Here is the link:http://www.ata.org/ ...Read more

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My jaw keeps clicking. Is this a symptom of TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)?

My jaw keeps clicking. Is this a symptom of TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)?

Yes: The clicking noise is made when you open or close your mandible, the noise come because the disk that covers the mandibular condyle is slipping off or if it s squeezed while the mandible is moving. This is not a normal condition of your joints. If you have pain you need to seek help and in general an occlusal guard professionally made can do the trick. ...Read more

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My jaw feels locked most of the time. Could this be possible TMJ syndrome (temporomandibular joint disorder)?

My jaw feels locked most of the time. Could this be possible TMJ syndrome (temporomandibular joint disorder)?

TMJ Dysfunction: Yes. Your description is certainly relevant to TMJ syndrome or dysfunction. "locking" of the joint can happen when the cartilaginous disk that rests between the bones that make up this joint becomes displaced, which can make opening your jaw difficult or painful. Currently, there are several different treatment options available. I recommend a consultation with a qualified specialist in TMJ tx. ...Read more

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I woke up several days ago with a pain in my left jaw joint. It has been difficult to open my mouth and chew. If it is TMJ what can I do?

I woke up several days ago with a pain in my left jaw joint.  It has been difficult to open my mouth and chew.  If it is TMJ what can I do?

TMJ: Apply heat packs to area. Anti-inflammatory meds like aleve (naproxen). Soft diet. If doesnt improve fast, see dentist or primary doctor. Sometimes, a short course of oral steroids is very helpful. ...Read more

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If you have bone loss in a jaw joint due to TMJ, can the bone loss be reversed or undone? Can the jaw joint be made healthy and normal again?

If you have bone loss in a jaw joint due to TMJ, can the bone loss be reversed or undone? Can the jaw joint be made healthy and normal again?

See an OFP: Condylar remodeling is a physiologic process that aims to adapt the structure of TMJ to meet the functional demands. No surgery is needed. See an Orofacial Pain doctor for evaluation and conservative and predictable treatment. ...Read more

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If the joint disc is recaptured successfully using splint TMJ treatment, does the issue ever become cured? Is there any point where an oral appliance doesn't need to be worn anymore and the joint is fully healed/normal?

If the joint disc is recaptured successfully using splint TMJ treatment, does the issue ever become cured? Is there any point where an oral appliance doesn't need to be worn anymore and the joint is fully healed/normal?

In a perfect world: The therapy can help to heal and stabilize the joint. However, we often have habits that can stress the joint and supporting structures, like clenching, These need to be stopped or preventive measures instituted. Consult your dentist. ...Read more

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Temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) help needed. Dont want to take pills. Wear splint?

Temporomandibular joint syndrome (tmj) help needed. Dont want to take pills. Wear splint?

Many options: When it comes to TMJ problems, according to the severity of the case, treatment can vary from..Night guards, splints, heat and or steroids therapy.. ...Read more

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Small lump on right jaw joint near ear lobe ~ pops outward when open mouth. When eat or drink a cold item, pain in lump & on down to lower molars. TMJ?

Small lump on right jaw joint near ear lobe ~ pops outward when open mouth. When eat or drink a cold item, pain in lump & on down to lower molars. TMJ?

Coincidental: You may have two simultaneous coincidental problems. You may have dysfunction of your jaw joint with disc displacement, and you may have infected teeth. Please call a Dentist and make an appointment before your chronic problems become severely acute. ...Read more

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Crackling in ears,pressure in ears, pain around & deep in ears, headaches,tenderness under ears near bottom jaw joint, neck aches shoulder aches.Tmj?

Crackling in ears,pressure in ears, pain around & deep in ears, headaches,tenderness under ears near bottom jaw joint, neck aches shoulder aches.Tmj?

Typical TMJ symptoms: Temporo-mandibular syndrome is the second most frequent cause of orofacial pain after dental pain. Headache, pressure in ears, earache, sinus pain, neck pain and jaw pain are the common symptoms. Proper diagnosis is the key to successful treatment. See Orofacial Pain practitioner for a consultation and treatment options. ...Read more

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