TMJ Oral Appliances—Richardson, TX
What Relief Looks Like
While Dr. Stampe offers a variety of proven TMJ treatments in Richardson, one of the most often recommended is oral appliance therapy. These small mouthguards are custom designed for each patient and can stop the immediate problems caused by TMJ as well as help a patient get closer to a more permanent solution. Because every patient is unique, she uses multiple types of appliances, enabling her to select what is best for each individual. To learn more about them and see which one might be right for you, keep reading or request an appointment here.
WHY CHOOSE RICHARDSON SLEEP AND FACIAL PAIN CENTER AT CITYLINE FOR TMJ Oral Appliances?
- Board Certified by the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine
- Member of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
- Member of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain
The Farrar is designed with a ramp-like shape so it gently guides the mandible (the lower jaw) into a position that is easier for the muscles as well as the joints, relieving tension while giving them the opportunity to heal. Primarily it works by reducing contact between the back teeth, minimizing the effects of a misaligned bite. It is completely clear and made of a high-quality acrylic material that can be shaped so the device is both comfortable and consistently effective.
Gelb Daytime Appliance
The Gelb is a type of splint that is intended to be worn during the daytime, meaning it can help those who unconsciously grind their teeth while they are awake or experience headaches/ear pain as a result of their TMJ issues. It consists of thin acrylic that covers the back teeth that is connected by a small metal bar that sits behind the teeth. It has a discreet appearance and gives the tongue plenty of room, meaning it doesn’t alter speech. The Gelb appliance can be adjusted as needed as a patient’s bite adapts to the new position that corrects any imbalances.
Many people who grind their teeth primarily do so while they are asleep, and this is known as bruxism. In addition to causing the teeth to wear down and become sensitive or cracked, it can also create strain in the TMJ. A night guard prevents the teeth from touching while someone sleeps, protecting them from grinding, and this in turn helps the muscles relax. A patient can usually speak and drink normally while wearing this kind of appliance, meaning it doesn’t interfere with a patient’s bedtime routine.