I’ve been having headaches. My dentist looked at my jaw and said he thinks I need an anterior repositioning splint. Right after that he had an emergency call and we didn’t get to discuss it. Can you tell me what it is?
Leslie Q. – Minnesota
An anterior repositioning splint is designed to reposition the hinge joint in your jaw. It’s likely your dentist thinks you have TMJ. That is a significant cause of headaches as well as more severe problems.
It’s generally made of acryllic. It looks a little like a mouth guard, but is adjustable and custom made to your mouth. It’s usually worn for three to four months. Be sure not to wear it long term because it can change your bite and cause other issues.
It’s important that your dentist has training in TMJ.
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