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Old 08-05-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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Corrective splints

I'm going to see a specialist and I wanted to know do position correction splints work? I don't have clicking or popping my jaw is simply crooked from years and years of bad posture, and I finished it all off weightlifting pushing my body into severe upper cross syndrome and a wicked tmj.so how much $$$$ for a corrective splint and how many months/ years to correct my jaw. I'm working on the posture now except it aggravates the jaw more

 
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Re: Corrective splints

Splints can be a helpful treatment, but they aren't a cure.

I had great relief from a lower mandibular repositioning splint. I saw some relief after a few months and most of my symptoms were gone by 6 months. When my jaw was in better positioning and I finally had my muscles "happier", I had a choice: continue to wear the splint, try to wean off the splint, get snow caps on a bunch of my molars or orthodontic treatment.

I had chiropractic therapy and lot of Physical Therapy work on my orofacial and neck muscles while I was wearing the splint as well.

The splint helps with the jaw positioning, but the other therapies help loosen up those muscles that are in almost constant spasm with TMJD.

The trick to all of this is to find a dentist with proper training who can create a good splint for you.
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Re: Corrective splints

Thanks for the info.im planning on asking tons of questions on whta excercises i need to do daily to fix my problem.My posture is horrible (upper cross syndrome0 which im working on now not easy but doable.Im probably looking at 1-2 years of constant posture fixing and jaw exercises plus splint to be normal again but it is what it is right.

 
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Re: Corrective splints

Posture certainly is involved. There is an inexpensive TMJ book by a PT that I found very helpful and it has a chapter on posture at it relates. There are also chapters on exercises, sleep positions, treatment options, etc... Ita is called The TMJ Healing Plan by Cynthia Peterson.

I'm currently about 2 1/2 years into my treatment and just ditched my repositioning splint that I wore for 26 months so I could get my lower braces on. I still have at least a year left. I figure each day is a step towards progress. I've taken it at the pace right for me and my wallet.
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