An occlusal guard, which is a special orthotic mouthpiece, can reduce clenching or grinding, which can also restore harmony to the joint. It is used to treat TMJ disorders.
TMJ Disorders, also known as TMD, are cycles of pain , muscle spasms, and joint imbalance where the jaw meets the skull. The cycle of pain, spasms, and joint imbalance can be started by clenching and grinding the teeth, a bad bite caused by missing teeth, or poorly aligned teeth, a blow to the joint, arthritis, or emotional stress.
An occlusal guard, often times paired with occlusal equillibration, is the first course of therapy. Also to restore balance to the joint, we can crown teeth, fill spaces, , or even move teeth. In extremely severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged part of the joint.
Millions of people suffer from TMD. Treatment and lifestyle changes can break the TMD cycle, and restore harmony.