The TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, can become inflamed, overworked, and even damaged. If you experience regular grinding and pain, you may need TMJ treatment. Dr. Sharp uses custom oral appliances to release pressure on your TMJs and alleviate your daily discomfort.View transcript
[00:00:02.640] TMJ issues are issues with the two [00:00:09.080] ends of the jaw that ride up against [00:00:14.040] the skull base on either side of your face. [00:00:17.360] When we're treating TMJ, [00:00:19.640] what we're doing is managing pain. [00:00:25.160] Trying to manage pain [00:00:27.680] by supporting the joints with a piece of plastic called a bite splint. [00:00:33.440] The bite splint is something we place between the upper and lower arch of teeth [00:00:38.520] that helps give the teeth or helps teeth take up some of the pressure [00:00:44.640] or load that would be put on the joints. [00:00:48.320] If a bite splint is properly fabricated, it's something that could be helpful. [00:00:54.120] It's usually the first lining of treatment, to help someone. [00:00:59.360] A typical scenario for someone coming in for TMJ treatment would be... [00:01:06.440] If I could do anything that I wanted, [00:01:11.200] I would love for them to get a visual. [00:01:13.600] For me to get a visual understanding of what the health of the joints are [00:01:19.880] and then based on that, decide whether it makes sense to place [00:01:26.000] or manage the situation, with the bite splint. [00:01:29.960] And if that's unsuccessful, [00:01:32.720] the next step would be referral to a knowledgeable surgeon [00:01:37.920] who has an understanding of what to do in these joints [00:01:42.760] to help a person get better.