TMJ and Splint Therapy in Naples, FL

Experiencing migraines caused by your teeth or jaw? At Smilecreator, your dentist in Naples, we offer TMJ splint therapy among other treatments to help.

Dental migraines can occur for a variety of reasons related to your teeth. These include:

  • Teeth grinding – When we’re under stress, we grind our teeth subconsciously, especially at night. This can weaken teeth, making them more sensitive and vulnerable to cracks; and grinding can cause a painful headache.
  • Jaw clenching – Like teeth grinding, clenching generates tension that can create muscular trauma and cause dental headaches.
  • Temperomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) – Another cause of painful headache, TMD occurs when the upper and lower jawbones are misaligned. When this is the case, teeth can clash and muscles strain with simply daily functions such as chewing, yawning, or talking.

Symptoms can include:

  • Pain around your jaw joint, as well as around the face, neck, and shoulders.
  • Difficulty opening your mouth.
  • Lock jaw
  • Grating or clicking sensation when moving the jaw
  • Clashing of teeth when chewing.
  • Facial swelling, especially around the jaw

To treat TMD, splints and guards are also used to correct the misaligned bite. Your dentist near you can help, whether with the use of a dental splint TMJ, or through filing teeth, re-fitting crowns, and whatever it takes to eliminate pain and improve the patient’s bite. We can also help with jaw loosening exercises and general relaxation techniques to reduce stress.

To prevent headaches caused by grinding or clenching, our team can fit you with an occlusal splint, worn during the day; or a mouth guard, worn at night. Both splints and mouth guards are made of plastic fitted to your teeth, providing a barrier between the upper and lower jaw. The result: no more grating or clenching.

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