TMJ Solutions

Treatments For Malocclusion and TMJ Are Plentiful

An experienced malocclusion-trained dentist can detect exactly what is going on and how to go about mending the damage and, you’ll be glad to hear, the solution usually doesn’t require surgery. You heard it right. The solution is almost always surgery-free.

Dr. Gaudio relies upon a combination of non-invasive remedies that could include dental devices, braces, orthotics and an entire smile renewal. At Gaudio Cosmetic Dentistry, we can put a stop to the night time grinding and clenching of your teeth. We can also improve your smile, your oral health and most importantly, you will feel restored!

Take a moment and visit some of the web pages below. You will find that Malocclusion and TMJ can be beaten if you have a plan and a good dentist.

Bite Splints Stop Tooth Destruction

You may need to wear a occlusal splint during sleep. This small plastic device prevents destruction of your teeth by spreading out the pressure in your mouth similar to the way a water lily’s leaf functions to prevent a pond frog from sinking.

A bite splint also puts a protective layer between your upper and lower teeth to prevent tooth-to-tooth contact. Think of it like a football helmet’s facemask. It won’t stop you from getting hit, but it will stop chin-to-chin contact.

Bite guards can lessen muscle activity in your jaw at night. But, be aware, they are just meant to prevent tooth destruction, not to put a stop to your bruxism.

A word of caution, occlusal splints may look just like mouth guards you wear for sports. Those mouth guards, however, just protect your teeth from being knocked out. They are constructed of cheaper materials, aren’t precision-fitted and don’t last. They would be a short fix for night time grinding for very long. Most people with clenching and grinding issues chew through them in a matter of weeks.

Occlusal Equilibration

Occlusal equilibration is a term used in dentistry to describe the balancing of the way your upper and lower teeth bite together. Changing the chewing surfaces of some or all of a person’s teeth lets the jaw joints to be in the correct anatomical location when the teeth are meshing together. When the teeth are out of balance, even by the thickness of a piece of writing paper, your head, neck and temporomanibular joint try to compensate.

When any of these signs of instability are found, we study the relationship of the bite by using study casts of your teeth to find out if adjustments of the biting surfaces of the teeth will fix the problem. Often, prior to proceeding, splint therapy is recommended in order to insure correct seating of the jaw joints. By utilizing splint therapy and equilibration, we are able to establish a harmonious and stable system, which eliminates the devastating forces once present. Complete occlusal equilibration is a dental procedure, which may be performed over several visit

The biting surfaces of the teeth are carefully changed in shape to meet predetermined criteria of an ideal occlusion (bite). The goal is to produce adequate harmony between the tooth contacts, the chewing muscles and the temporomandibular joints (jaw joints) in order to prevent any further damage or breakdown to any of the tissues involved in the whole system. This procedure does not, in any way, promote tooth decay.

As a general rule, how much tooth structure that is removed in an occlusal equilibration is very minimal (microns) and it is hard for the patient to detect visually any alterations in the teeth. In fact, prior to any treatment, the study casts will help determine if the goal can be achieved without removing an excessive amount of tooth structure. Occlusal treatment patients often comment that they notice that their teeth hit more evenly and their bite feels more stable than it ever did before.

TMJ? Look To An Orthodontist

Straightening your teeth treats the appearance of your current smile, plus it enhances the bio-function of your smile.

Advances in orthodontics over the past several years are offering people experiencing malocclusion and TMJ new options to achieve a functionally healthy and beautiful smile. Orthodontists, having a history of adjusting mismatched teeth by using braces, retainers or Invisalign, are beginning to treat malocclusion and TMJ using the same tools.

Uneven teeth may affect your capability to bite and chew food, and speak properly. Additionally it is difficult to clean misaligned teeth adequately, which could bring on tooth decay or gum disease. Misaligned teeth also can affect your occlusion (the way in which teeth align) and that can easily result in jaw joint pain, severe headaches, jaw pain and/or cracking, chipping or breaking of your teeth or costly restorations.

Treatment Options Through Orthodontics

Treatment will depend on significant guideposts like the overall health of the patient, their medical records, tolerance of medications and mouth appliances, and the extent of the disorder. Orthodontic treatments support function and long-term stability. Most Orthodontists utilize splint therapy as the preferred method of treatment.


Gaudio Cosmetic Dentistry

Joseph Gaudio, DDS

530 East Main Street • PO Box 724 • Chester, NJ 07930

(908) 879-4001

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