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Simple Splint Therapy Utilizing Hard/Soft Occlusal Splints

Bite Splints for Bruxing Patients - Dental CE Course
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Course Objectives (2 CE Credits)

According to Dr. Gordon Christensen, one night of bruxing is equivalent to 100 days of normal tooth wear. Yet, in light of this fact, many doctors ignore the issue or feel unequipped to tackle this problem. This presentation explores the serious tooth damage caused by bruxism and clenching, and offers treatment options through preventive oral appliances. Participants that complete the presentation will acquire useful information in many areas, including the following:

  • Indications for lab-fabricated hard/soft bite splints
  • How to take an impression for an occlusal splint
  • In-office fabrication of a hard/soft occlusal splint
  • Contouring, smoothing and polishing of cut areas
  • Recommended thermoforming units for convenient fabrication of splints
  • Several practice tips and demonstrations of recommended instruments and materials provided

Summary

It has been estimated that more than one-third of dental patients suffer from clenching and/or bruxism in the U.S., so why don't more dentists regularly provide splints for their patients? This presentation emphasizes the need for dentists to prescribe occlusal splints for their patients, and demonstrates the effectiveness of a hard/soft occlusal splint.

CAUTION: When viewing the techniques, procedures, theories and materials that are presented, you must make your own decisions about specific treatment for patients and exercise personal professional judgment regarding the need for further clinical testing or education and your own clinical expertise before trying to implement new procedures.


References

  1. Cowie RR. The clinical use of night guards: occlusal objectives. Dent Today. 2004 Sep;23(9):112, 114-5. No abstract available.
  2. Giedrys-Leeper E. Night guards and occlusal splints. Dent Update. 1990 Oct;17(8):325-9.
  3. Hamata MM, Zuim PR, Garcia AR. Comparative evaluation of the efficacy of occlusal splints fabricated in centric relation or maximum intercuspation in temporomandibular disorders patients. J Appl Oral Sci. 2009 Feb;17(1):32-8.
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