For Succesful Management of Bruxism and Temporomandibular Disorders(TMD)

The Occlusal Splint -An effective solution for providing protection to teeth and restorations. Many people Brux, Grind and Clench their teeth at night and wake with a headache. Bruxism can lead to headache and TMJ Disorders and damages the teeth and restorations. Bruxism is a major cause of tooth attrition. If not treated, leads to severe damage to teeth. It is important to diagnose early signs of Bruxism and tooth wear, identify the exacerbating factors, and to intervene in order to arrest the process and prevent more severe damage. Factures of tooth substance are also common, particularly involving teeth with deep and extensive restorations. Patients with crowns, veneers, bridges, implants and inlays are prone to porcelain fracture, or catastrophic failure due to overloading. The overall forces of Bruxism are more severe during sleep and this is the time when most damage to restorations and teeth are likely to occur. Easy Joint is a pre-fabricated soft dental splint that is specifically designed for the initial treament of the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders. Studies shows that 35% of the patients you see have T.M.J disorders. 20% of these patients are actively seeking treatment and often dentists are reluctant to treat those patients. Bruxism continues even while wearing the appliance and the force generated on the Splint can be close tomaximum voluntary Clenching. This continuation of Bruxism can be frequently observed with wear and chipping occuring on the occlusal surface of the splint. The continuation of intense clenching on the splint when asleep frequently results in painful jaw muscles and headaches - often present in the morning. A properly used appliance reduces the maximum possible clenching force of both the masseter and temporalis muscles. TMJ DISORDER CAN BE CAUSED BY A VARIETY OF FORCES THAT OVERLOAD THE TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINTS LIKE misaligned teeth, missing teeth, bruxing and grinding of teeth, tension resulting in clenching and grinding of teeth, trauma. Whatever the cause or severity of the disorder the most effective approach is to initially relieve pressure on the TMJ, decrease muscle tension and limit effects of clenching and grinding of the teeth. Symtoms of TMJ disorder are headaches, migraine, clicking or popping joints, restricted jaw opening, ear pain, neck pain, shoulder aches etc.

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