Hard TMJ Splints

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OK, lets talk hard acrylic or non-flexible TMJ Splints or mouthguards for TMJ. First of all, for the most part, when we say "Splint", it usually is referred to as a hard custom made appliance, but it really can be any appliance that covers the teeth.

Depending on the training of the Dentist and even location, some types of splints are more popular. You're going to get differences of opinions by Dentists as to which type or design is best.

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So, have an open mind to what any TMJ Dentist says including me. Put what we tell you on the back shelf in your mind as you gather TMJ information, and then make a choice for which treatment you think is best for you.

Dentists can make a few different types of hard TMJ splints, depending on their exposure to those types. It often is dictated by what their local lab makes.

Most Dentists really aren't up to speed with TMJ Splints and what makes them better or worse, Dentists often default to what design our local lab makes.

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Ok back to Hard Splints. There are hard TMJ splints that cover all the teeth (in one arch, upper arch or lower arch), and some that just cover the front teeth or back teeth only.

Any design could, or might work, but...here's the skinny on each type.

If the splint or mouthguards for TMJ covers the back teeth, Dentists will either have the chewing surface (the top part or the splint that the opposing arch teeth bite on) flat or anatomical. Let's go over each design and theories...

Flat:

This is the best in my opinion to have for treatment to eliminate almost any TMJ symptom. With the surface of the splint flat, you have the least possibilities of having problems and the highest chance of pain elimination (regarding rear teeth covered splints).

Anatomical Splints:

These mimic the natural teeth. Theoretically, you should be able to accustomed yourself to this type, because it mimics the shape or anatomy of your natural teeth. But the problem is that your natural teeth are many times and maybe most often "in the way" of your natural developed envelope of function.

What's the "envelope of function"? It is the circle of motion that your jaw moves as you chew or open your mouth in any possible direction.

If the angles of your jaw joint are flatter than normal, then you are going to have chewing interferences on the cusps tips of the molars when you chew. You have natural anatomy, but unfortunately, many times the cusps get in the way of normal function.

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