Dental Specialist Brisbane TMJ Disorders

Best Treatment for TMJ Disorder

As your bite is different to everyone else, treatment must be specific to your arrangement of teeth which has contributed towards your disc derangement/displacement and unique collection of TMJ symptoms.

Fully protective occlusal splints are the best treatment for the relief of TMJ symptoms and treatment for the TMJ Disorder (TMD). These splints focus on a ‘Dynamic Occlusion’ (or bite) and are a key process that gives patients a starting point.

Fully protected occlusal splintFully Protected Occlusal Splint Therapy is just one part of the overall treatment together with plenty of rest, relaxation and pampering of the face.

Counseling by our team is probably the most significant aspect of treating your TMJ Disorder. Counseling involves identifying your Oro-facial habits and giving you appropriate Habit Re-training instructions. Our team excels in this because we care!!!

All splints are thick and protective in hinge bite, left bite, right bite and forward bite and it’s designed to relieve your pain (not designed to look aesthetic by minimization).

This splint is thick for maximum facial muscle relaxation, protective ramps for forward, right and left jaw movements during sleep. Below are images of how the splints are worn and show you these in different positions.

This is a 3 Step Process

STEP 1. Occlusal Splint Therapy (Darvo Splints since 1984) including Counselling concerning Oro-Facial habits

STEP 2. Bite Adjustment (Spot grinding in hinge bite – occlusal adjustment – occlusal equilibration)

STEP 3. Bite Reconstruction (left, right and forward bites)

Fully Protective Occlusal Splints - Showing 4 Bite Types - Darvo Splints since 1984

Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective hinge closed bite
Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective ‘hinge bite’

Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective forward jaw movement
Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective ‘forward
jaw movement’.


Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective right jaw movement
Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective ‘right jaw movement’.

Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective left jaw movement
Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective ‘left jaw movement’.


Premature Tooth Wear - Age 22

Premature wear of tooth
This patient had premature tooth wear at age 22 years
from extreme Bruxism (grinding).

Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective hinge closed bite
Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective ‘hinge
closed bite’.


Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective right jaw movement
Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective ‘right jaw movement’.

Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective left jaw movement
Fully Protective Occlusal Splint in protective ‘left jaw movement’.


Fully protective occlusal splint
Fully Protective Occlusal Splint – View of the biting surface showing red bite registration marks indicative of a fully protective Darvo splint.

Internal view of splint
Internal view of splint – Note for this splint in the middle it is wide to prevent fracture if dropped on a tiled floor


Splints for Orthodontics.

 Thin strong splint to prevent tooth movement
This 18 year old patient wanted a thin strong splint to prevent tooth movement following Orthodontics.

Splint made from polycarbonate and acrylic resin
This pink splint is made from Polycarbonate for strength and acrylic resin for the bite (Darvo Template  Splint).


Biting view of splint for post orthodontics
Biting view of splint for post Orthodontics.

Splint for post orthodontics
Internal view of splint for post Orthodontics.


Like to find out more…

Because the Occlusal Splint (Darvo) was designed specifically for the treatment of TMJ symptoms you could be missing out on some of that relief. Give us a call or see Your Dental Specialist at 300 Queen Street, Brisbane. Call 07 3221 0443.


Adjunctive Therapy

What exercises can you do for TMJ disorder or R & R?

We do not recommend ANY exercises for TMJ disorder because most, if not all patients begin to experience TMJ problems from their own para-functional (not normal function) habits on their teeth by grinding, clenching, pressing and manipulating their lower jaw into dangerous (damaging) positions.

These para-functional habits overload the face, TMJs, muscles and the jaw, in general, needs a rest, A BIG REST! Therefore, it does not need any exercise.

Rest, relaxation and pampering of the face are recommended by Your Dental Specialist. Our staff will counsel you about breaking any oro-facial habits and will advise of many useful ways to pamper your face and relieve pain and tension.

Hand in Hand Treatment

My Heat Buddy is your best buddy. To work in conjunction with the occlusal bite splint and to ease the aching, pain and tension in your jaw we recommend a Heat Buddy. This is like an electric blanket with three heat settings and placed around your face. Your Dental Specialist Dr. Michael Darveniza (Prosthodontist) will give you precise advice on how to make the best out of your Heat Buddy.

Positions when sleeping (Sleep Posture Analysis – Since 1992)

We all have our favourite pillow and positions we find most comfortable to sleep but there are some things to consider when you have a disorder of the TMJ (TMD). Dr. Michael Darveniza will evaluate your sleep posture during one of your splint adjustment appointments so that you don’t place undue strain on your shoulders, neck, jaw, and TMJs.