Occlusal Splints – Oklahoma City, OK
Stop Your Jaw Pain and Protect Your Smile
Did you know your teeth and gums can last for a lifetime? Sometimes, your smile needs more than just a toothbrush and floss. If you suffer from an underlying condition, like a TMJ disorder or teeth grinding in Oklahoma City, Dr. Isaacson can preserve your teeth and stop your pain with occlusal splints. A custom-fit device provides a convenient and comfortable solution to ensure your smile thrives.
What is an Occlusal Splint?
An occlusal splint might look like your standard athletic mouthguard; however, it’s quite a bit different because it treats specific conditions. The orthodontic device is made of a comfortable acrylic resin to fit your mouth. Depending on your individual needs, the device will work a bit differently when treating:
Bruxism is a movement disorder that affects at least 8% of adults. It causes a person to grind or clench their teeth, often while they are sleeping. As a result, many patients aren’t aware they have the bad habit until they develop concerning symptoms, like enamel erosion, loose teeth, or jaw pain.
An occlusal splint acts as a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth to protect your enamel. It can also reposition your bite to rest in a more comfortable position to take strain of the temporomandibular joints, which connect your jaw to your skull on either side of your face.
As many as 12% of adults live with the chronic pain of a TMJ disorder. When the joints and muscles of the temporomandibular function incorrectly, it can lead to limited movement. The strain can cause several symptoms, like difficulty opening and closing the mouth, facial pain, and headaches. In some cases, your jaw may even lock into an opened or closed position. Often, the disorder is caused by an underlying issue, like bruxism or an improper bite.
Dr. Isaacson can stop your jaw pain with an occlusal splint. It’s a common option for TMJ treatment in OKC. It will reposition your mandibular into a more comfortable position to take pressure off your joint. Over time, your jaw is retrained to rest in this position to alleviate your discomfort. As the inflammation is reduced, you’ll notice an improvement in your symptoms and your jaw movements.
Can I Use My Dental Insurance?
Although every policy differs, most dental insurances will pay a portion of the cost of an occlusal splint. We will work on your behalf with your insurance provider to file the necessary claims and forms to reduce the amount you need to pay out-of-pocket. If there’s a remaining balance, we will explain your payment options. We will help you find the solutions you need to stop your pain and protect your smile.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
No matter if you have a habit of grinding your teeth or you live with reoccurring jaw pain, your dentist in Oklahoma City has the treatment for you. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation for an occlusal splint.