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Splint Therapy

Splints are custom devices that are used to treat a variety of conditions. There are many different types and having the correct one prescribed is crucial. They have been around since the 1960s!

Benefits of a Michigan splint:

  • prevention of further tooth wear from nightime bruxism
  • management of TMD (Mejerso et al 1983)
  • protecting your dental work from parafuctional stresses (causes cracks, leakage)
  • treating tension headaches (Forssell, 1985)
  • prevent top teeth from shifting after tooth loss

What you should know

  • If you are suffering from pain, you will usually become free of pain within a few weeks. In a few cases it may take upto a few months. We will see you monthly to monitor progress.
  • Splints eliminate ‘locking’ of the jaw (Mejerso et al 1983)
  • Two types: soft bite guard and the stabilisation splint.
  • Require close supervision and recommended precautions should be followed.
  • Parafunction is largely stress related.
  • Splints should not be used longer than prescribed (often 4-6 weeks maximum). The only exception for this is when protecting your dental work from parafunctional stresses.
  • Success rate is 88%  (Badel et al 07)
  • Splint therapy can also be used to manage: Primary snoring and Obstructive sleep apnoea.

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