For patients with disorders of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), splint (night guard) therapy can often deliver much-needed relief. A properly adjusted occlusal splint does more than just protect the teeth. By covering up the areas of the top teeth that normally guide the bottom teeth and jaw into a non-ideal bite, the jaw is able to relax into a more comfortable and stable position. This, in turn, prevents clenching and grinding and often relieves jaw and facial tension.
Not only is occlusal therapy therapeutic, it is diagnostic as well. Dr. Harrell may prescribe splint therapy as a prerequisite for patients seeking orthodontic treatment who have signs of TMJ disorder. By wearing an occlusal splint as directed, a patient’s natural “true” bite may be unmasked. This serves as a more appropriate starting point for orthodontic treatment and ultimately results in a more stable result.
The temporomandibular joint both rotates and slides and is, therefore, the most complicated joint in the body. Splint therapy is technique-sensitive and requires the skill of a highly trained oral health professional who can accurately assess the complications, and treatment indications within the temporomandibular joints and the surrounding muscles. Over the last 4 decades Dr. Harrell has worked, studied and written with world-renowned TMJ specialists and has been treating patients with TMJ dysfunction for over 40 years now. Dr. Harrell continues to provide relief to patients in Alabama and all over the country with jaw pain, facial pain and TMJ dysfunction. For more information about TMJ splint and night guard therapy, contact our office today.
So thankful for the care they have provided to me and my girls! Highly recommend Dr. Harrell.
Both my daughters were treated by Dr. Harrell; quads, braces, etc. I too just recently completed my treatment. He made wearing braces at 47 easy. Dr. Harrell is a wizard when it comes to creating a beautiful smile! His staff are well trained and make you feel at home when you walk in the door. Our family will always use Dr. Harrell!"
Dr. Harrell is a really nice person. He always makes sure that he doesn't hurt you while he is putting the braces in. Today I went there and he looked at my teeth and he gave me a high five. He said they looked great. Dr. Harrell is really nice.
6 years of treatment and I'm finally complete. Dr. Harrell's office is filled with love. I would get so excited every time I had a checkup knowing (1. I get to leave school early lol) but mostly because I get to see my girls. (other than Dr. H, I love to see him too)!! I'm 17 years old and HIGHLY recommend you coming to Dr. Harrell's office. Ya won't regret it!!
Both of my girls, ages 6 and 10 see Dr. Harrell and we love him and his staff. Everyone is super friendly and we are loving the results!
I had braces, and surgery for screws to correct problems, which were later taken out. I had bad headaches before my braces, but this corrected my problem. I haven't had a headache since. Thanks, Dr. Harrell!
Dr. Harrell is top notch. He has helped my wife and I many times. His staff always goes above and beyond to make sure all our needs are met. A++++
The staff were delightful and friendly. I had been doing research about my snoring problems. Dr. Harrell went above and beyond explaining my options to me. He is very knowledgeable and I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone!
This office provides a comfortable environment for children and adults. Dr. Harrell does splint therapy, sleep appliances, as well as orthodontic treatment. I highly recommend them!