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What is TMJ?

Technically, everyone has TMJ. In fact, we have two. TMJ stands for Temporomandibular Joint, and we all have a left and right TMJ. The TMJ is one of the most important joints in the body. Not only does it allow for smooth opening and closing of the mandible, or jawbone, to speak and eat, but it can withstand extremely strong bite forces that come along with chewing our food. The TMJ is the only bilateral joint in our body that functions as one unit! The left and right joints cannot function separately. A problem with one side will eventually lead to a problem on the other side. Noises such as clicking and popping are signs that the TMJ is in an incorrect position. When someone is experiencing joint sound accompanied by limited mouth opening, jaw and facial pain, and headaches, they are said to have TMJ Dysfunction, or TMD. Jaw Pain and TMD should never be ignored. This condition can become chronic if not addressed. Bone loss in the jaw bone along the TMJ, anxiety, depression, and compromised quality of life can be seen in TMD sufferers. Help is Possible.

Why does my jaw hurt?

About The Preventive Oral Device ®

The POD® is a US and internationally patented night guard worn while sleeping. It is used to protect your teeth and prevent tooth damage caused by clenching and grinding and also help treat TMJ related jaw pain, headaches, and facial pain. By having the dental arches discluded, excessive wear of the teeth caused by clenching and grinding is reduced. The disocclusion of the jaw reduces muscle tension to help alleviate jaw pain, facial pain, and headaches.

The POD® is:

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Custom made for you

For a precise fit.

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Made from

High quality, well recognized materials, with a one-year warranty.

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Allows full range of mouth movement

So you can open and close your mouth, as well as talk, drink water, and yawn while wearing the splint.

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Covered

By some Dental Insurance plans.

CBCT Scans

Without The POD®️, all teeth contact and the airway has (yellow) constrictions.

With The POD®️, the teeth do not contact, and the airway is enlarged.

Indications for use

The POD® is for the amelioration of clenching and bruxing associated with TMD and is to be used to aid in the relief of symptoms for TMD/TMJ.

Contraindications

This device is a contraindication for patients who:

  • have complete dentures or an insufficient number of lower teeth to retain the appliance.
  • have loose teeth or advanced periodontal disease.
  • currently wear a mandibular advancement device at night for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Caution Only

Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a dentist.

Contraindications

This device is a contraindication for patients who:

  • have complete dentures or an insufficient number of lower teeth to retain the appliance.
  • have loose teeth or advanced periodontal disease.
  • currently wear a mandibular advancement device at night for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

Caution Only

Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of a Dentist.