"For decades I suffered from debilitating headaches and sinus pain. Since beginning splint therapy my headaches and sinus pain are non-existent. Dr. Parekh has given me my life back." – Tonya

Splints and Therapy

One common solution to TMD, is an orthotic device (bite splint) which will be custom made for your mouth by your dentist. Several types of splints are available. The most appropriate splint is selected for your specific condition. The bite splint is one part of the overall TMD therapy and as your jaw muscles begin to relax, the splint will need to be adjusted by your dentist.

Your regular dentist may not be able to help you since not all dentists have the appropriate training or expertise in jaw disorders.  This is also true of medical professionals who often refer patients to us to make a TMD diagnosis.  It is common for a TMD sufferer to visit several doctors in search of an answer.  Because of its complexity, this disorder is often called the “great imposter”.  Many times patients come to us only after they have seen a neurologist, otolaryngologist, orthodontist, oral surgeon or other specialist.

Every case of TMJ is unique. To accurately diagnose the disorder, the following steps are generally taken during your first appointment:

A Co-Discovery Exam, a comprehensive interview between you and the dentist

  • A clinical exam of the jaw, head, neck, shoulders; the dentist will feel your muscles and jaw joints to determine pain or tenderness
  • X-Rays are often taken and a CT scan will likely be ordered
  • An Occlusal Analysis will measure and analyze the way you bite
  • Impressions (models) of your teeth may also be done to study your bite pattern
  • Joint Vibratory Analysis (JVA)
  • TMJ Scale

In addition, there are several supplemental treatments and physical medicine modalities your dentist may use to access your disorder.  These may include:

  • Ultrasound
  • TENS – Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation – a painless treatment that blocks pain sensations by causing slight repetitive contractions that flow through electrodes placed over the joints/muscles
  • Hot/Cold Therapy
  • Spray and Stretch Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Vitamin Regimen