occlusal splint

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occlusal splint

A splint fashioned to cover the incisal and occlusal surfaces of a dental arch to stabilize the teeth, treat bruxism, or facilitate proper occlusal positioning.
See also: splint

night guard

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Removable acrylic appliance intended to relieve temporomandibular joint pain and other effects of bruxism.
Synonym(s): occlusal guard.
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para]]New course by Phoenix dentist teaches selection of the appropriate custom bite splint designs to treat TMJ disorders, muscle tension headaches & facial pain.
Bite splints are like custom night guards but instead of just protecting the teeth they can be diagnostic and may have a therapeutic effect.
com) "IF YOU grind your teeth due to stress, have a bite splint made by your dentist.
They address neurobiological considerations for occlusal parafunction and temporomandibular disorders, orthopedic considerations in the masticatory system, the anatomical basis of occlusion, the role and evaluation of the muscles of the stomatognathic system, the effect of occlusal forces on periodontal disease, bite splint therapy, and dentist-ceramist communication.
Patients wearing the devices in a three month clinical study experienced a significant reduction in the pain and dysfunction associated with TMJD, to an extent at least as much as that experienced by patients wearing a bite splint.
He specifically served as the Scientific Director of the pivotal clinical study of the TMJ NextGeneration(TM) device that compared its performance and safety to that of the most widely used current treatment, the bite splint and continues to serve as a consultant for TMJ Health, LLC.
Orthopedic Stabilization: Devices called orthopedic bite splints, stabilize the TMJ to make any necessary changes in the jaw's posture and/or correct underlying problems.