In many cases TMJ Dysfunction can be treated by a properly made removable occlusal (bite) splint. Our splints are made out of acrylic (plastic) and are customized chairside to address the patient's specific issues, both at delivery and at subsequent adjustment appointments. Splints are some times called "Night Guards" or "Bite Plates", and are sometimes used for reasons other than treatment of TMJ Dysfunction.
Splint therapy is not appropriate for every TMJ Dysfunction patient, but many can be helped quickly with a properly made and adjusted occlusal splint. In our practice, most splints are fitted and adjusted in 3-4 appointments.