Oral splints look similar to sports mouth guards and are often used in the preliminary stages of TMJ treatment. When used in this manner, a TMJ splint may be useful in helping to determine your correct bite alignment. Initial-stage TMJ treatment with an oral splint may take three months or more depending on the extent and cause of your condition.
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If you have long suffered from the pain and limitations of TMD, surgery may start to sound like an appealing option. Before you commit to a surgical treatment, however, talk to Houston TMJ dentist Dr. Ronald Konig to learn about safe and effective treatment options that may help you avoid surgical intervention.
Many patients who have TMJ pain do not have to go through braces or surgery to correct their overbites or underbites. The first step in these cases is to treat the TMJ pain and bad bite. During this phase, the correct physiologic jaw position is determined comprehensively with the use of CBCT scans of the neck and jaw joint, biomedical instrumentation, comprehensive examination and a “test drive bite” in the corrected jaw position.
June is Men’s Health Month. Do you have untreated oral health issues that are impacting your quality of life? Issues such as TMJ and sleep apnea can have far reaching consequences when left untreated. This June, take time to consider your oral health and give Dr. Konig a call to discuss any concerns you might be having.
A surgical facelift targets the middle and lower areas of the face. During facelift surgery, skin is removed, and fat and tissue are repositioned to produce a lifted and more youthful appearance – sometimes reducing apparent age by as much as 10 years. Facelifts in the the dental office, by comparison, are non-surgical and can correct the lower one third of the face.
Overbite is a condition in which the upper teeth overlap the lower teeth in the front of the mouth and, under most circumstances, it is not an issue that necessitates intervention. In fact, a slight overbite is incredibly common and should not interfere with normal function at all. It is when overbite is more pronounced that it can pose problems.
Jaw development can have a profound impact on the strength, alignment, and appearance of the teeth. Malocclusion, which includes conditions such as overbite and underbite, crossbite, tooth crowding, and gaps in between teeth, is not typically genetic. However, feeding behaviors early in life, mouth breathing habits due to allergies or nasal issues during childhood, and trauma can all impact proper jaw development and encourage bite problems later in life.
Overbites (deep bites) are quite common and are often not properly addressed. The first thing most professionals do is look at the teeth and the angle classification of the teeth. Treatment is often based on this and assumes this is the only issue. Simply moving the teeth based on these parameters without addressing the rest of the individual's needs from airway/breathing, facial beauty, and addressing what has caused the problem can lead to relapse and less than desirable results.
There are hundreds of sleep apnea appliances on the market and there are some significant differences. Many are large and bulky on the tongue side, meaning they are pressing the tongue back towards the airway simply by putting the appliance in place.
Dental phobia is a serious condition that can prevent those who struggle with it from seeking needed care for their teeth and gums. Increased anxiety or general discomfort with dental visits is far from uncommon, but its consequences can be profound – and if fear of the dentist is preventing you from seeking treatment for TMJ, serious systemic health issues may become unavoidable.