Why offer splint therapy for the treatment of bruxism?

Why offer splint therapy for the treatment of bruxism?

S4S Dental discusses some of the benefits of treating patients who are experiencing bruxism with splint therapy.

Bruxism is a prevalent condition that can lead to significant dental and health issues if left untreated. As a dentist, offering effective treatment for bruxism not only prevents dental damage but also enhances overall patient wellbeing. One of the most effective treatments for bruxism is the use of an occlusal splint, a custom-fitted mouthguard designed to protect the teeth from the harmful effects of grinding. Here are just some of the benefits of treating bruxism with an occlusal splint:

1. Preventing dental damage

The primary benefit of an occlusal splint is its ability to prevent dental damage caused by bruxism. Chronic grinding can wear down tooth enamel, leading to tooth sensitivity, fractures and even tooth loss. An occlusal splint acts as a protective barrier, absorbing the forces of grinding and preventing direct contact between the upper and lower teeth.

2. Alleviating jaw ain and TMJ disorders

Bruxism often leads to jaw pain and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. These conditions can cause severe discomfort, headaches and difficulty in chewing and speaking. An occlusal splint helps to redistribute the forces exerted during grinding, reducing the strain on the jaw muscles and joints.

3. Enhancing sleep quality

Bruxism is frequently associated with disrupted sleep, which can lead to a range of secondary health issues such as chronic fatigue, headaches and even mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. By using an occlusal splint, patients can experience a significant reduction in grinding, leading to more restful and uninterrupted sleep.

4. Promoting preventive care and patient education

Offering treatment for bruxism with an occlusal splint aligns with the broader goal of preventive dental care. Dentists can educate patients about the risks of bruxism and the benefits of early intervention. By emphasizing prevention, dentists help patients avoid more severe dental issues in the future.

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Treating bruxism with an occlusal splint offers numerous benefits for both patients and dental practices. By incorporating occlusal splint therapy into their services, dentists can enhance patient satisfaction, expand their practice, and underscore their commitment to preventive and comprehensive dental care.

Interested in offering splint therapy? Why not join S4S Dental at their upcoming seminar, Successful Splint Therapy for TMD & Bruxism? Led by Dr Barry Oulton, this course covers everything you need to get started with splint therapy, and also includes a hands-on session. Click here for more info.

This article is sponsored by S4S Dental.

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