Besides toothaches, another common condition that we help to treat are migraines. Well, this may sound strange for a dental practice, migraines are extremely common for patients suffering from bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that occurs when a person grinds or clenches their teeth while sleeping. This constant grinding motion places a lot of pressure on the jaw joints and muscles. As a result, this can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as migraines and headaches in the morning. Other negative symptoms include flattened teeth and pain in the jaw, face, and neck areas.
To address bruxism and relieve painful migraines, Uptown Dental Gig Harbor offers stabilization splints. Stabilization splints are small oral appliances that patients wear while sleeping. The appliance works by alleviating pressure from your jaw joints to help relax them. It also protects your teeth from grinding or clenching which can erode your biting surfaces. As a result, your jaw stays relaxed, your teeth protected, and you’re able to enjoy a better night’s sleep.
Compared to conventional mouthguards, stabilization splints are smaller and custom-made specifically for your mouth. This makes them highly comfortable and allows you to breathe easily without having it trigger your gag reflex. In addition, they’ve been shown to reduce muscle contractions by almost 70% so are highly effective at relaxing tense jaw muscles.
To create your stabilization splint, we will first take impressions of your bite during your checkup. These impressions are then sent to a dental lab that uses this data to create your custom-made mouth appliance. Once your appliance is ready, you’ll return to our office to pick it up. We will also give you tips to wear and take care of it properly so it lasts for a long time.
Wondering if stabilization splints are right for you? Contact Uptown Dental Gig Harbor for a consultation today.