What does the treatment with occlusal appliances involve?
Once we have determined the best treatment path an impression or impressions will have to be taken. Next our lab technician will make the appliance requested; this normally takes about a week. Once the appliance is ready, your orthodontist will arrange an appointment where they will fit the appliance, ensuring that it is as comfortable as possible. Comfort is crucial to ensure you are confident to wear it as prescribed, promoting its effectiveness and the quickest possible relief from your symptoms – all helping the best possible treatment outcome. You will be instructed on how to put the appliance in and take it out correctly, and your orthodontist will check you can manage this easily.
Splints – the most common types of occlusal appliances
Splints may be considered as part when treating a variety of conditions from bruxism (grinding of teeth) and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD) which refers to pain and discomfort relating to the masticating jaw muscles) to minimizing unfavourable forces on new dental prostheses. Splints can provide an orthopedically stable joint position, introduce an optimal occlusal relationship, encourage normal facial muscle function, and protect the teeth and supporting structures from abnormal forces.
About occlusal splints:
Bite raising appliances
Worn over the lower teeth it prevents your teeth meeting and stops you grinding your teeth when asleep. This reduces jaw clenching and thus helps relieve the pain you have been experiencing in your jaw joints and in your facial muscles. The device can also prevent cracking or fracturing of teeth as a result of tooth clenching and grinding.