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I’m getting an anterior repositioning splint.

My dentist has recommended an anterior repositioning splint for my jaw. I’m not quite sure exactly what it is. Can you tell me if it is comfortable, what it’s made out of, and what¬† it is used to treat?

– Richard in Louisiana

Richard,

The anterior repositioning splint is used to correct TMJ disorder or related TMJ problems. It repositions the condyles which are part of the temporomandibular joint. The condyles sit at the hinge of the jaw. The appliance is made of acrylic. Your dentist is recommending this treatment to return the jaw into a more natural position to reduce any locking or clicking that you may experience. Over time this treatment will improve the relationship between the condyle and the disc in your TMJ. This appliance removes any interference and should improve your TMJ symptoms.

The anterior repositioning splint is usually worn for at least three months. The appliance itself is only a few millimeters thick. When your joint has repositioned properly, you will no longer need to wear it. Patients that see the best results are those that suffer from jaw clicking or reoccurring jaw locking, as well as inflammation in the TMJ. Another issue that the splint helps relieve is grinding or clenching. This TMJ treatment will help enable the muscles and ligaments in the TMJ to relax. It is important to mention that it can change your bite over time, so it should only be worn as instructed by your dentist. Don’t wear it any longer than is recommended.

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My jaw keeps cracking

Since I was little my jaw has always popped and cracked. Now that I’m an adult, it is doing it constantly. Sometimes it feels like my jaw is locking up. It has been recommended that i have my jaw broken to fix it, but that seems a little extreme. Do you have any other suggestion or is that the only course of action?

Caroline from Texas

Caroline,

No, I tend to agree with you and think that is a little too aggressive of a treatment. You have some classic symptoms of TMJ. ¬†There is a small disc between your lower jawbone and the socket where it fits that slides along with the joint. If it gets out of place, or gets damaged, it can click or pop and sometimes it can interfere with you closing your jaw.I’d recommend that you go see a TMJ dentist. They’ll be able to prescribe a course of action that can repair this problem without breaking your jaw.

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