Protecting Your Gorgeous Restorations
Prevent warranty work before you get started. You’re restoring your patient’s teeth, their smile looks great and the occlusion is ideal. You know this patient clenches or grinds their teeth, but is a vulnerable airway triggering damaging bruxism?Before you order an occlusal splint, make sure that the patient’s airway is open. Determine if a single arch split or a dual arch appliance will best protect against bruxism while NOT impacting the airway. Single arch splints often introduce a risk to a vulnerable airway making bruxism worse. Learn how the Bruxism Monitor, which measures the airway and bruxism, will provide you with the data needed to make the best decision for your patient.
Jeff Wyscarver is a registered polysomnographic technologist (RPSGT) and president of DDME, a company that brings sleep lab technology and services to the dental community.