Treatment for TMJ disorder can vary from simple self-care techniques to complex surgical procedures. One of the first stops in TMJ disorder treatment for most patients is splint therapy.
You are probably familiar with what a splint is, as they are widely used for sports and some medical conditions such as sleep apnea. Other words for splints are “mouth guard,” “bite plate,” “bite appliance,” “mouthpiece,” “orthotic,” “nightguard,” and/or “occlusal appliance.”
Splints are made of plastic, and can be hard or soft. They can cover all of the teeth, or a select few teeth, and can be worn on the bottom or top teeth depending on what the particular splint is for and the preferences of the dentist.
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