Tinnitus in itself is not an indication for dental intervention. However,if tinnitus is mentioned at an examination of facial pain of either myogeneous or arthrogeneous origin there may be a chance to influence its existence. After reviewing some records of patients some years ago and present experience it is my opinion that it is about one third of the patients suffering tinnitus and TMD who will notice a reduction or even a total elimination of their tinnitus from oral stability initially from a stabilization splint compensating for a temporomandibular joint vertical condylar asymmetry, when present.
As it was just one third who reported a benefit regarding their tinnitus it must be up to the patient to decide if it is worth while to invest in an oral device fighting tinnitus. Objective information regarding a dubious result should precede the decision. It is also important to tell the patient that very often the relief from tinnitus does not come immediately after the insertion of the device. It is reported by several patients that it could take a couple of months before they noticed a difference in their tinnitus. In conclusion: When a stabilization splint is being delivered in trying to influence a tinnitus the patient might have to wear the splint several months before a change occurs and before one actually knows if it was beneficial or not.