Columbia Square Dental
TMD/TMJ Devices in New Westminster
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that attaches the jaw to the skull and allows you to speak and chew. Issues in the temporomandibular joint can seriously interfere with these everyday activities, but dental devices are available to help reduce pain and increase mobility in the joint. Our dental offices offer professional-grade devices custom-fit to your mouth and teeth for the greatest comfort and effectiveness.
Temporomandibular Joint Conditions
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) can occur for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons is due to bruxism, a condition in which a person grinds their teeth, usually while sleeping. The tension in the jaw can lead to pain and lack of mobility in the jaw joint, while the grinding motion can also cause teeth to break.
Devices to Help You Sleep & Reduce Pain
Bite guards (also called occlusal splints or night guards) are simple orthotic devices that can often provide relief from TMJ conditions. A splint is designed not only to separate the teeth to prevent them from being damaged but to hold them together to prevent impactful movement of the jaw. The result is a relaxed and balanced jaw.
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